Bodywash – “All I Wanna Do” (Beach Boys cover)

bodywash all i wanna do

There are so many great Beach Boys tracks, that a gem like “All I Wanna Go” goes somewhat overlooked; off the similarly overlooked 1970 album Sunflower, the original is a hypnotic dream driven by melodic vocal doot-doot’s, a tranquil guitar twang, and a devastatingly beautiful chord progression. Merely covering this track on its own is commendable for choice alone, but Montreal-based Bodywash go the extra mile in delivering an interpretation that’s hauntingly memorable and uniquely atmospheric. Yes, there’s a similar degree of tranquility, but with the incoming raindrops and glistening trickles there’s an enhanced sense of serenity, the lush bass line constantly present and flourishing harp-like guitars flowing beautifully as heavenly vocals come in and out. The extra key glistens around the two-minute mark, following into the “when I sit and close my eyes” hook is a moment of sheer beauty, as is the case with the cover as a whole.

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Mike Mineo

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