Canadian Dreamweavers PICASTRO Cover THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

10 January 2022

Band: PICASTRO
Who: A musical project that started in Toronto in 1998
and has continued on in many forms with various members.
Picastro has existed as a musical entity for a long time, too
weird to be a pop band, too many songs to be considered
experimental.

New EP: I’VE NEVER MET A STRANGER
Containing covers of The Velvet Underground, The Silt,
Richard Dawson, Fire on Fire, and Elfin Saddle
tracks.

“All the songs were chosen based on their lyrical content starting from
Pale Blue Eyes “sometimes I feel so happy, sometimes I feel so sad” at
the start of the pandemic, running to Richard Dawson’s “Man’s been
struck down by hands unseen”.


(Artwork by Victor Gáspari)

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s favorite: PALE BLUE EYES

Although countless artists have covered/cover one or more songs from eternal legends The Velvet Underground, not many succeed(ed) in doing it with the same mystique and spell that made the NYC mavericks such a special and influential band. But here we have
a winner. Why?

Picastro‘s piano driven version transferred me immediately to starry-eyed la-la land.
It’s less minimalistic in execution than the original and works in all his magnificence
all the way. Then there’s the grand voice of Liz Hysen (who also plays the piano here)
floating somewhere between Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval twilight timbre and Cocteau Twins’s Elizabeth Fraser magic touch. Bewitching, just bewitching.

Dim the lights, close your eyes and enjoy this beauty…


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Don’t go away yet, keep on dreaming
while listening the full EP…


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PICASTRO: Facebook

(Info/images via Cannonball PR)

When THE KILLS Cover THE VELVET UNDERGROUND…

Many artists have covered songs by that highly influential and legendary 60s New York gang THE VELVET UNDERGOUND. One of the best renditions (so far) is by THE KILLS. Jamie Hince‘s squeaky, sharp-edged guitar blues swagger combined with the sultry voice
of charismatic singer Alison Mosshart is just perfect for that mysterious, dark VU sound. The duo recorded their version of PALE BLUE EYES as one of the B-sides for single ‘The Last Goodbye’, a track from their ‘Blood Pressures‘ album (2011). Here’s the gloomy result…

Sometimes I feel so happy,
Sometimes I feel so sad
Sometimes I feel so happy
But mostly you just make me mad
Baby, you just make me mad
Linger on, your pale blue eyes
Linger on, your pale blue eyes

Thought of you as my mountain top
Thought of you as my peak
Thought of you as everything
I’ve had but couldn’t keep
I’ve had but couldn’t keep
Linger on, your pale blue eyes
Linger on, your pale blue eyes

If I could make the world as pure
and strange as what I see
I’d put you in the mirror
I put in front of me
I put in front of me
Linger on, your pale blue eyes
Linger on, your pale blue eyes

Skip a life completely
Stuff it in a cup
She said, Money is like us in time
It lies, but can’t stand up
Down for you is up.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes
Linger on, your pale blue eyes

It was good what we did yesterday
And I’d do it once again
The fact that you are married
Only proves, you’re my best friend
But it’s truly, truly a sin
Linger on, your pale blue eyes
Linger on, your pale blue eyes


‘Pale Blue Eyes’ was on the VU’s self-titled, third album (1969)…