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Bowie cover of the week: Ask Carrol performs “Let’s Dance”

This performance of “Let’s Dance” is easily the cover of the week. Despite the spare appearance of this two-person band, singing and playing in a desolate desert in front of what looks like an abandoned trailer, this is a “real” band and “real” video. But beyond all that…wait until you hear them play. Ask and Carrol (their individual names are Ask and Carrol, and together they are Ask Carrol) play multiple instruments (more, I think, than we actually see in the video), but it seems to me that Carrol is the senior partner. She’s a top-flight, scorching guitarist and has a powerful voice. This band does great things with “Let’s Dance.

My only problem with the video is that it ends somewhat abruptly. That said, it is otherwise really good.

Why haven’t you heard about Ask Carrol? They are based in…Norway! From the band’s website: “Based out of the Norwegian mountain community Auma, comes the grungy alt-pop duo Ask Carol. Ask Carol is a high energy power-duo with a big sound. Multitasking is their middle name. Two guitars, drums, a synth, a drum machine and a unique splitting system for Carol’s guitar, makes this two-piece sound like a full band. Their sound can be fierce and mean, then suddenly turn soft and comforting.” (Click on the bolder word, “website” to link to the full web page).

So, this to me was clearly the best Bowie cover this week. Of note was also an interesting harp version of “Life on Mars” by Glenda Allaway — yep, no singing, all harp. There’s also a bootleg of Todd Rundgren doing “Changes,” which sounds good but in my mind I take points way for bootlegs.

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