Song of the Week: King Princess Offers a Faithful Velvet Underground Tribute With “There She Goes Again”

Guppy, Oh Wonder, and Winnetka Bowling League also dropped essential tracks this week

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King Princess, photo by TORSO

    Song of the Week breaks down and talks about the song we just can’t get out of our head each week. Find these songs and more on our Spotify Top Songs playlist. For our favorite new songs from emerging artists, check out our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, King Princess provides a standout track off the new tribute album for The Velvet Underground and Nico. 

    King Princess goes vintage this week with a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “There She Goes Again,” part of a new tribute album out today (September 24th). The collection includes quite a few beloved names offering their own homages to the seminal band — Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, and Iggy Pop are among them — and King Princess’ moment truly stuck the landing.

    Effectively capturing the 1960s spirit of the original, King Princess’ rendition of the song highlights her own substantial skill as an instrumentalist. Her raspy vocals stay in her lower register, and while this is a bit of a departure from her more expected pop-rock sound, she slides into this space with ease. Things go off the rails towards the end, playfully cacophonous as the guitars and drums take over.


    The 2021 take on the song feels like accompaniment for a long drive, the perfect soundtrack to a main character moment. “There She Goes Again” isn’t the band’s most famous song, but that doesn’t make King Princess’ natural inhabitance of the song any less fun. I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico involves twelve tracks in total — consider this a starting point.

    — Mary Siroky
    Contributing Editor

    Honorable Mentions:

    Guppy – “Aliens”

    “When aliens come to earth, I hope that I can be the first to meet them,” go the opening lines to “Aliens,” the new single from LA’s Guppy. Then, like a spacecraft revving up for takeoff, the track explodes, morphing from a wandering country jaunt into a hot-blooded punk anthem. “I’ll tell them all about love about how I lost it /Then they’ll get so bored they’ll get back on their rockets,” vocalist J Lebow murmurs.

    Guppy distinguish themselves with a whimsical sense of humor, and “Aliens” is no exception. Over a melody that recalls the golden age of MTV, the track posits the threat of extraterrestrial life instead as a sort of refuge: “Do you think they can tell I’m an alien too?” Lebow ponders. What if this perceived hazard to humanity as we know it is actually the golden ticket to a more well-rounded world? Guppy aren’t scientists and they sure don’t claim to know the answers. But when, not if, aliens come to Earth, maybe they’ll at least buy a shirt at the next Guppy gig. — Abby Jones


    Nina Nesbitt – “Life’s a Bitch (L.A.B.)”

    Sometimes the best way to find the light at the end of the tunnel is to laugh your way to it, and that’s exactly what Nina Nesbitt does on “Life’s a Bitch (L.A.B.).” In the delightful video for the single, the Scottish pop singer smiles through a joyride, all while the living personification of her internal mental breakdown plays backseat driver. But underneath the hilarious visual, there’s a winking resilience to the track’s lyrics that captures the dichotomy between life’s beauty and existential paranoia. Yes, can be a b—h, but sometimes you just can’t help but love her. — Glenn Rowley

    Winnetka Bowling League – “pulp”

    Winnetka Bowling League have turned up the drama on “pulp,” where frontman and lauded pop songwriter Matthew Koma lays out intimate details of a bus trip to Scranton, Pennsylvania he took when he was 18. He recalls meeting a girl on the bus who showed him Belle and Sebastian, offered to hang with him back in Manhattan, and “likes goth girls and pulp in her orange juice.”


    Yet, through all the name dropping of alt-girl traits, he finds himself completely infatuated with her. The ascending vocal and guitar lines that open each verse feel cinematic — almost to set the scene between two people who could never love each other. And even though the bus ride was a brief moment in late adolescence, his retelling of the event is so specific and precise that you can’t help but feel that rush of emotion. — Paolo Ragusa

    Oh Wonder – “22 Break”

    “I don’t like to fight,” Josephine Vander Gucht declares on the opening line of Oh Wonder’s contemplative new single “22 Break” before eating her words and doing just that with bandmate Anthony West throughout the rest of the piano-driven break-up song. “Oh, I’mma give up, hold my hands up/ Wave a white flag, say I fucked up/ My bad/ That was my bad,” the pair croon on the pre-chorus, exhausted and ready to lay down their weapons of war, but not before reminding each other that “it takes two to break a heart…” (No, that’s not a “twenty-two” in the title.)


    Despite the clumsy attempt at visual wordplay, the British pop duo succeed in crafting a glimmering break-up anthem just in time for a cuffing season rebound. — G.R.

    RÜFÜS DU SOL – “On My Knees”

    Grammy-nominated live-electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL have announced their fourth full-length album, SURRENDER, releasing “On My Knees” to accompany the news. The trio has always had a penchant for world-building — “On My Knees” conjures the spirit of the otherworldly with airy background vocals, heavy synths, and intermittent echo effects. Even so, the beat makes the listener want to dance — with the band taking the stage at Governors Ball tonight, fans won’t have to wait too long to make that vision a reality. — M.S.


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