Tame Impala Unveil Michael Jackson Cover, ‘Stranger In Moscow’

Written by Greg Moskovitch on 13th March, 2014

Tame Impala Unveil Michael Jackson Cover, ‘Stranger In Moscow’

ARIA award winning Perth-bred rock and roll impressionists Tame Impala have unveiled a cover of Michael Jackson‘s 1996 single Stranger In Moscow from his 1995 double-album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The band unveiled the track “fresh out of the the oven” via Twitter.

MJ’s hit takes a characteristically Kevin Parker turn for this cover, with the track aglow in phasing, watery atmospherics, lighter-than-helium synth chords, Parker’s trademark from-beyond vocals, and a heartbeat rhythm that sounds as though it was pulled from Massive Attack‘s sound library.

The Perth boys recently collided with the world of hip-hop, collaborating with acclaimed rapper and fellow Grammy nominee Kendrick Lamar on a reworking of their Lonerism single, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, for the soundtrack to the upcoming teen-fantasy blockbuster Divergent.

Listen: Tame Impala – Stranger in Moscow (Michael Jackson Cover)


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