New York City-based folk pop outfit Single Girl, Married Girl offers a glimpse of their in-studio magic with a new video for “Thirteen,” a reimagining of 70s power pop band Big Star’s classic hit from their 1972 debut album, #1 Record. The video comes just in time for the release of the 22-song compilation Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star, out July 7th via Omnivore Recordings.
“Admittedly, I didn’t get into Big Star until I heard Elliott Smith’s cover of ‘Thirteen’ several years ago,” explains SGMG vocalist Chelsey Coy. “My husband, who was a huge fan at the time, played me the original and I fell in love instantly. It was one of the most beautiful songs I had ever heard. The melody is perfect, and the lyrics are just lovely—sweet and sincere, without being trite (there’s even an edge to them). I knew one day I’d cover the song, and about a year ago I found my way into it, with the help of our guitarist, Charlie Rauh,” she continues. “We changed the key to better suit my range, and kept the arrangement simple. I’m proud of it, because it turned out really well, and it’s unlike any other version I’ve heard (and there are so many of them now). I think it would be a dream come true if I ever got to play it for Jody Stephens.”
SGMG taps into their alt-country roots for the interpretation, adding lush ambience with a sultry sheen, brought about by Coy’s emotive vocals, shimmering guitar work, and haunting upright bass.
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Thirteen,” the new video from Single Girl, Married Girl:
[If you’re in the Queens, New York area on July 23rd, be sure to catch SGMG live at a free, all-ages, outdoor show at LIC Bar. Details are here.]