On September 2nd, Todd Goldstein, aka ARMS, will release Backwards Record, a collection of covers the Brooklyn-based indie rocker recorded over the last decade or so. The eight-track effort includes covers of Elliott Smith, Matthew Dear, Rufus Wainwright, and more.
Already we’ve heard Goldstein’s moving version of Guided by Voices’ “Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory”. Now, Goldstein takes us all the way back to 1973, tackling Faces’ folk rock super-ballad “Ooh La La”. (Ed. Note: This might be the first time in the history of CoS that one body part is covering another.)
The title track to Faces’ last album, it’s one of the few tracks to not feature Rod Stewart on lead; instead, Ronnie Lane lays down his slightly folksier croon. It’s clear from his version that Goldstein’s picked up on that shift in vibe, transforming the song into a solemn country tune complete with chunky, reverb-heavy guitar, vocals dripping with heartache, and the squawking of harmonica. Though he’s all but stripped away the original’s feel-good, affirming vibes, Goldstein’s deeply forlorn version feels just as emotionally satisfying, albeit in a totally different way.
Listen in below.
Backwards Record Tracklist:
01. Broadcast – Corporeal
02. Elliott Smith – Ballad of Big Nothing
03. Guided by Voices – Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory
04. They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
05. Matthew Dear – Slowdance
06. Thunder & Lightning – Disgust
07. Faces – Ooh La La
08. Rufus Wainwright – Foolish Love