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Watch Petal’s Kiley Lotz cover “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads
My wife has a pretty solid rule about making mixtapes — if you’re ever stuck, just add some Talking Heads. It never fails, and applies equally awesomely to cover songs in concert setlists as well — as we recently saw when Petal opened for Kevin Devine and Foxing and slayed with a solo rendition of “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” from David Byrne & co.’s 1983 outing Speaking in Tongues.
A recent video for Secret House Sessions popped up showcasing the cover as well, with Lotz and an acoustic guitar — and stripped of the funky new wave textures heard on the original, “Naive Melody” reveals its inner power ballad potential.
Watch Lotz’ cover below, and compare it alongside the original.