Kaerhart – For What It’s Worth

Kaerhart’s “Drain My Love” was one of the most infectious songs of 2017 – the hook “I just wanna fill my cup, cause you drain my love” is a line that’s circulated through my brain more times than I can count. Thus, I’m beyond stoked to hear her return with a moody new single that further extends her artistic range. Its low-end is brooding, its atmosphere is sparse, and the transition into its hook is utterly intoxicating. Kaerhart’s vocals glide over the sonic shift from buzzing synths to dense, trap-leaning production with an effortless swagger that has me rewinding to the moment over and over.

I’m also infatuated with the vocal effects that are sprinkled throughout “For What It’s Worth”. The delayed echo during the hook and the harmonized vocals are equally hypnotic – they’re little touches, sure, but they take the song to the next level of enjoyment. For a reimagining of a mid 20th century classic, Kaerhart makes it to the next level in style. With that, I’ll be anxiously awaiting whatever she unveils next.

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Covers Music

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – For What It’s Worth

Certain songs are impossible to hate. Certain songs are impossible to NOT love. They are timeless classics that you could play for anybody, any age, and any color, and receive the same reaction: joy. These songs belong on an imaginary list where perfection is the norm. Buffalo Springfield‘s “For What It’s Worth” is one of these songs.

Stephen Stills made a flawless song and it’s one that, if I haven’t learned anything from the bloggosphere, is one of those songs that should not be touched, covered, or (gasp) remixed. Then I discovered this cover. The boss Bossa beat from Sergio Mendez and the flowery yet soulful multiple tones from Brasil 66 takes this song over the top.

They give the song a serious Brazilian shot in the arm, giving it a new, beautiful energy. It may not top the original, but it’s just as impossible not to love it.

When the simple beat comes on, I’ll still always visualize Forrest Gump laying the lumber in Vietnam or Jesus Shuttlesworth making it rain in Rucker Park. But now: we can dance to it.

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – For What It’s Worth

Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth