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Tuesday November 06, 2018

From Rolling Stone

Hear Punch Brothers Cover Tame Impala
By: Sarah Grant

Americana band the Punch Brothers and Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala occupy pretty different points along the rock music continuum. But that didn’t stop the roots band comprised of Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (violin, drums), Noam Pikelny (banjo) and Chris Eldridge (guitar) and Paul Kowert (bass) from covering a song with which they are mutually obsessed: Tame Impala’s gauzy 2016 single, “Let It Happen,” for the Spotify Singles series.

For their cover, the Punch Brothers tried to play up the natural-leaning elements they heard in the original and hyped them up in their own signature way. For example, they turned a dense vocoder part into a three-part harmony. They also experimented with keyboard voicing by turning the synthetic noises into rolling banjo and mandolin parts.

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