First thing’s first. Holy shit, am I god awful at updating this website. To be fair, coming off the worst year of your life and immediately jumping headfirst into a very, very strange job will do that to a person. (I now produce YouTube and social media for a bunch of teenagers. Luckily, they’re all very nice and I super dig my new job.) I’ll write an actual post about it later – or at least leave you with the empty promise that I will.
Anyway, I was at work editing photos of a 19 year-old Spaniard jumping off our roof and into a pool – as one does – when I checked Instagram and saw that Brittany Snow posted that she and Kelley Jakle “remixed/covered a favorite song” of theirs. Now, I’ve been up since 5AM today so at that point I just decided to take a break from work and give their cover a listen. Normally, I wouldn’t be compelled to tell the world about a cover – because who isn’t posting covers these days?
I’m going to disagree with Snow on the “remix” part of her description, because what they released was absolutely what any cover should be. It’s a legitimately original and unique version of an existing song that retains the heart of the original track Sure, one could call that a remix – but in my opinion (not one that matters, really) any cover of any song should be “remixed” somewhat. Otherwise, just call it karaoke.
As a fan of the original, I’m conflicted about the fact that I’ll totally be bumping the Jakle & Hide version for the next little while. Simply because songs that are driven by lower frequency sounds are 1000% what I’m vibing at the moment and Jeff Sontag knocked it out of the park with the production of this cover. You can listen to it here:
Not that you need this nobody to tell you who either of these people are, but if you want to see their work – they just started production of the third Pitch Perfect movie today which is slated to come out at the end of this year. Snow recently started in “Bushwick” which was sold after Sundance, I haven’t seen a release date for it yet – but any movie inciting a possible second civil war sounds extremely my shit. Because I’m super weird and the idea that Texas would ever actually secede after talking about it forever seems insane to me.
Kelley, who I’ve been a fan of forever – like…SoCal Vocals forever (Because contrary to popular belief of my friends, I’m not a crazy Pitch Perfect nerd. Just an actual nerd that actively keeps up with collegiate A Cappella groups) – was recently in a Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox video covering Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” (I feel like that last sentence is extremely grammatically fucked, but again…I’ve been up since 5. Forgive me.) You can watch the video here:
On Instagram, Snow says she has no plans to become a singer. Which I feel kind of like an asshole by saying that I think that’s the right move, since she’s been in a number of roles which require her to sing. (“Research Me Obsessively” from her arc on the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is maybe too relatable to me.) However, I would totally not be opposed to the idea of Jakle & Hide being a side project for other covers if they’re all this good.