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Amazon Music will be sharing a special playlists of new material called Amazon Acoustics on July 31st. While many of the 30 tracks will be covers like The District’s take on David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” or Surfer Blood remake of OutKast’s “Hey Ya”, the playlist also includes a handful of fresh originals. Today, Amazon has shared one such number in the form of Deer Tick’s “Grandfather Song”.
As frontman John McCauley told Entertainment Weekly, “Grandfather Song” was actually demoed during the sessions for the band’s 2013 album, Negativity. “It didn’t wind up on the record,” he said, “so I decided to revisit it recently and I finished the song in my spare time at home in Nashville.” There are definitely some mournful strains that bear resemblance to some of Negativity‘s songs, and the themes are clearly similar. “I wish I could turn back the gates,” McCauley sings on the chorus, “Don’t let me fall too far from grace.” Take a listen below.
Amazon will release one more advanced track from Amazon Acoustics prior to its official release, and they’re giving fans a chance to vote. The choices are The Griswolds’ cover of Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” Joshua Radin’s cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” or Peter Matthew Bauer’s cover of St. Vincent’s “Prince Johnny.” Voting will take place via Amazon Music’s Facebook page and run for just 24 hours.