Dallas Green (a.k.a. City and Colour) has covered everything from his own former post-hardcore band Alexisonfire’s “Boiled Frogs” to Madonna’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” and he’s always managed to infuse his covers with an authentic sense of sincerity and yearning that make for a powerful re-interpretation of the original work. His latest cover is a piano based version of an 80’s synth pop song, Tears For Fears’ “Suffer The Children.” If you’re at all familiar with the original song, this seems like an especially odd choice for Green, but of course he pulls it off masterfully. The bare bones instrumentation highlights the resonance and beauty of his vocals and harmonies, which manage to convey a glimmer of hope and upliftment in an otherwise sorrowful landscape.
Stream it here and be sure to also check out his “Covers” EPs if you like what you hear.