Andrew Sa - Baby (The Crystals Cover)
Sound: Cover, Piano, Singer/Songwriter, Crooning
This is pretty exciting post for me. Its my first exclusive track for the blog. (Or, pretty close to exclusive since his songs are on the internet already but haven’t been picked up yet) I just got back from Chicago to see his record release show.
But first a story that fills me with pride that I found out over my visit. I was the first person to “”“publish”“” (I can’t put enough quotes) Andrew’s music. A few years ago I had a clothing company that I ran with a few friends. Whenever anyone bought a shirt, we tossed in a free sampler of music we liked. The song was Only and its still a favorite of mine.
His record release show was really great. The venue was dark except for tea lights. The back wall was completely windows, showing the Chicago skyline at night. And there was some real energy in the room. People were excited to be there.
Below is Andrew rehearsing before the show, instagram’d of course.
The cd release was for his cover’s project, “The KISS Project.” He took motown classics and broke them down into simple piano songs. And it works. Very well.
He makes Locomotion art-y and listenable for the first time. The long intro is well worth the wait and adds some fun tension to the song.
The Ronettes’ Walking in the Rain gets a ukulele (by the very short and very sassy Annie Passanisi) cover while Andrew’s crooning take the front seat.
But my favorite song on the album is Baby, a cover from the 1960’s girl group The Crystals. The pace is fantastic and mellow. And when it bursts open at the end, it still keeps it simple while adding a raw finish.
TLDR; The concert was great. His new cover EP is great. His upcoming originals EP is going to fucking rule. Crooning is back.