An Underrated Michael Jackson Track Gets an Airy, Psychedelic Cover

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March 13 2014 3:44 PM

An Underrated Michael Jackson Track Gets an Airy, Psychedelic Cover

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Still from the video for "Stranger in Moscow"

Michael Jackson’s catalog has been mined many times over, but one of his least covered tracks, “Stranger in Moscow,” is also, in my opinion, one of his most underrated. The somber ballad about battling loneliness first appeared on the compilation album HIStory: Past, Present, and Future. (Its video, directed by photographer Nick Brandt, nicely captures the sadness in the song.)

The Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala released a cover of the song today, and it’s haunting in its own right. The group trades out Jackson’s sharp percussive beat for a softer rhythm, and the airy vocals and synthesizer create a trippy feel. This is worth a listen.

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(Via Stereogum.)

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.