STROKED: A Tribute To ‘Is This It’


In honor of the 10th anniversary of The Strokes’ debut album Is This ItStereogum got some of their favorite artists together to cover each track: Stroked: A Tribute To Is This It. Contributing artists include Peter Bjorn & John, the morning benders, Deradoorian and others, but my favorite track comes from Owen Pallett, who reimagines “Hard To Explain” as a classical piano quintet, dressing up The Strokes’ signature drive with elegant poise fit for a concert hall.

In Pallett’s description of the cover he references an interesting quote from Regina Spektor:

“The thing that blew my mind first hearing the Strokes was that they were the closest I had heard rock come to classical. Their music is extraordinarily orderly and composed.”

Download the entire album here.

Mp3: Owen Pallett – Hard To Explain (The Strokes Cover)

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