macedonia on 07/24/2010 at 12:02PM
Simon Green has recorded several albums under the name Bonobo, but none that have been as well received as his latest full-length, Black Sands. He's at his most symphonic with this one, the swell of strings and the arrangement of chopped-up jazz drum solos adding to the cinematic feel of the release. Much has been made of his collaborations with the sole vocalist on the album, the captivating Andreya Triana. It's easy to see why once you hear "The Keeper." It's a bittersweet and melancholy tune, one that's dressed with xylophone riffs, rhythm guitar, and a languid hip-hop backbeat in its original version.
Stripped down to Triana's amazing vocals and some guitar work, this live version from the KEXP studios is a special one, indeed. Even without the extra elements featured on the album, this song still delivers and exceeds the emotion felt in the original. Make sure to check out the video featuring the album version of the song after the jump...