Covers usually get a hard pass from me, especially if they’re of songs I really like, but Puma Blue’s All I Need gets a pass for a couple of reasons. First: it reminded me how much I love Radiohead’s original, and as In Rainbows is the album I probably go back to least frequently from their catalogue it’s been a very long time since I listened to it. Secondly, it’s fucking great, capturing and expanding on the yearning sadness of the original, and pulling back just a touch on the paranoid sketchiness. Not that I’m averse to a bit of mental wrangling, but it’s Friday and the sun’s out.
Given that this is a cover of one of my very favourite songs from one of my very favourite bands, I’m surprised I enjoy 58918012’s version of Street Spirit as much as I do. But then, I would challenge anyone to identify the source material for this without prior knowledge, as aside from a very (very) mangled, occasional cry of “and fade out again” that sounds like it’s coming from beyond the grave, there is pretty much nothing that links the two. It’s amazing, though, and makes Radiohead’s original sound like a jaunty pop banger by comparison, so deep is the despair it evokes.