Download Market East's cover of The Delfonics' classic "La La Means I Love You" (playing Johnny Brenda's on July 20th) - WXPN
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Market East are back at it again with some “new” music; their first since they released their beautiful EP last January and a cover of The Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love” in February. This time out the trio drop a sparkling cover of The Delfonics’ “La La Means I Love You.” It’s probably one of the world’s most challenging songs to cover, given the sheer brilliance of the original, written by Thom Bell and William Hart, the lead singer of The Delfonics. The song put the Philly band on the charts back in 1968 when it was released and became a Top Five Billboard pop song. So how do Market East fair? Pretty fantastically. Instead of dialing in a rote duplication of it, they instead strip the song down to it’s essence: lush harmonies that stick to the melody, reverbed guitar and some bongos for a little swing. Really though, it’s about the shimmering melody, the near perfect pacing of their version of the song, the band’s gorgeous vocals (listen to that bridge!) and their courage for taking on one of the world’s greatest songs ever, and more than succeeding in giving the song it’s “cover” due. Below, download the song and watch the video they made for it. in case you’ve forgotten or don’t remember the original, we’ve included that below. Market East play Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, July 20th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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