Fletcher Reed Brings New Life to the Hits on ‘Bedtime Covers’ EP
August 22, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Today, Amsterdam-based American music producer Fletcher Reed (aka Andrew Smith) releases his EP Bedtime Covers via Nettwerk Records. Bedtime Covers is Reed’s first-ever project dedicated to covers and sees him reimagine five timeless tracks with a nostalgic lofi feel.
Reed released two singles leading up to the EP: renditions of Pink Floyd’s wistful “Wish You Were Here” and Tears For Fears classic “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” “Wish You Were Here,” is Reed’s debut cover song. “As a traveler of both time and space,” Reed explains, “this track from legendary band Pink Floyd will always hold a special place in my heart.” Released July 8, the cover evokes the band’s original laid-back feel while combining a taste of lush lofi, dreamy synths, crunchy drums, and a healthy dose of nostalgia. On July 29, Reed followed with a cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” a delightfully enjoyable blend of lofi hip-hop and electronica, showcasing prominent percussion, swelling synth work, and a seductive string section to honor and complement the original Tears for Fears track.
Another highlight from the five-track EP is Reed’s take on “Africa” from TOTO. The cover’s clanky and punchy percussion creates an undeniable upbeat hip-hop energy that is sure to keep listeners’ creative juices flowing long into an evening. The new spin on the track provides the same feeling of needing to groove and sing along that makes the original song such a classic.
‘Bedtime Covers’ Tracklist:
1. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) (1975)
2. Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears) (1985)
3. Rivers of Babylon (Boney M.) (1979)
4. The Weight (The Band) (1968)
5. Africa (Toto) (1982)