September 15’s Song of the Day on NPR was a doozy.
The way-too-cute twee couple dumps about a gallon of melted popsicles on top of Tom Waits’ “Long Way Home.”
The song, originally pulled from Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, once felt beautifully morose, but after the duo’s one-two punch of pop and glee, “Home” plays out like a new track. The cover appears on Mates of State’s album Crushes:The Covers Mixtape, which also covers songs from Daniel Johnston, Nick Cave and Girls. You can purchase Crushes at MatesOfState.com for $5.
Listen to the Mates take on Waits below: