“Somebody that I used to know”

I have recently been interested in comparing song covers to the originals.  Recording a cover is a great way for a not-so-popular band to get noticed because people are more likely to listen to a song they have already heard and they are more easily found in searches.  Covers also give artists a chance to try out their own musical twists to already great songs or possibly even making a terrible song great.  I was impressed with these covers of “Somebody that I used to know” (Gotye).

Gotye is the original artist that sings “Somebody that I used to know.”  If you care for a laugh and creative display of artwork, check out his parody “Some study that I used to know” on YouTube.

Pentatonix is a group of five vocalists from Arlington, Texas.  This group won the third season of “The Sing Off” performing an arrangement of “Eye of the Tiger.”  They do my favorite cover of “Somebody that I used to know”.  I actually like it better than the original.  There voices are strong and passionate.  What’s most impressive is that they sing acapella.

Walk off the Earth is an indie band from Canda.  This band uses a ukulele and does a lot of looping.  They also do a great cover of the song.  In their video I was impressed at how they all work together to play the guitar.