South of France – Yours To Keep (Teddybears Cover)

December 27, 2012

South of France have turned in a mostly faithful cover of Teddybear’s 2000 single “Yours To Keep”. Like the original, it spreads affectless, crushed-wallflower vocals over a driving beat to create the impression of lovestruck energy spinning in circles with no place to go. There’s a subtle softening here, though. Jeff Cormack’s fidgety guitar dips and dives around more layered vocals, repeatedly chiming and climbing its way through the mix, to nudge the song away from its “freak show” subtext toward a sunnier sort of shyness. The result is warmer, less brooding and brittle, more than ever a misfit summer song happily stuck in a chilly season.