Recently, I’ve been making a lot of mixes — for feelings, for friends, for fandoms — which means that, for the first time in a long time, I’ve been browsing YouTube quite a bit. As I’ve gotten more involved in music and the art of mix-making, I’ve discovered that oftentimes, the original recording of a song might fit the overall theme of what you’re aiming at — but the feeling is just all wrong. What to do? As far as I can tell, there are a few options:
- Search for an acoustic version of the song, by the same artist
- Search for a cover
YouTube is ripe with young, talented musicians who record themselves on a regular basis playing original material and covers of popular songs. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of discovering a number of incredible artists just by searching for covers of random songs… But today, I discovered someone who absolutely blew my mind.
Hannah Trigwell is a 21 year-old singer-songwriter from Leeds and has a huge online following. She’s released two EPs, one in 2010 that reached number 6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter album charts. Her most recent release, Not Enough, is now available on iTunes. Her voice is heady and layered, reminiscent of artists like Tori Amos, Anna Nalick and Sara Bareilles. I found her by searching for a really captivating cover of The Fray’s “Look After You” for a mix for a friend… Later this week, I’ll be purchasing her EPs and snagging as many of her covers as I possibly can.
Want to fall in love? Here’s a playlist of tracks by Hannah Trigwell that gave me goosebumps:
- Skinny Love (Bon Iver Cover)
- Teenage Dream (Katy Perry Cover)
- Give It Up
- Use Somebody (Kings of Leon Cover)
- Look After You (The Fray Cover)