Listen: Fiona Apple and her sister cover Anton Karas’ “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle”


When teaming up with her sister, cabaret singer Maude Maggart, Fiona Apple finds a perfect counterpart to absolutely nail an Anton Karas song. For Starbucks’ new Valentine’s Day comp, Sweethearts 2014, the siblings contribute a vintage-sounding duet of “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle”. Maggart and Apple’s sweet and subtle vocal interplay does the the Austrian composer’s 1950 tune justice, with gorgeously plucky chords that don’t veer far from the original composition. Listen below.

For Sweethearts 2014, the sisters join the ranks of Beck (“Love”), Vampire Weekend (“Con te Partirò”), Jim James, and Phosphorescent, among others. While the physical release of Sweethearts 2014 will only be available at Starbucks, the digital copy will be sold through Concord Music Group.

Sweetheart 2014 Tracklist:
01. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
02. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
04. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
05. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
06. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family cover)
07. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
08. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
09. Ben Harper – “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)


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