Listen to the Black Pumas Cover Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’

Soul duo Black Pumas has taken to SoundCloud to share a mellow new cover of Tracy Chapman‘s record ‘Fast Car.’

Released on Tuesday, the song features vocalist Eric Burton at the helm of the reflective lyrics, while guitarist Adrian Quesada strums in the background.

‘Fast Car’ has been a popular track for the group to perform at live shows and has long been a fan favourite, according to Burton. “I learned the song when I first began to busk and of the covers that I knew, it garnered the most attention from the random passerby,” he said. “As a musician and artist, I’m attracted to songs that make us reflect on our daily struggles for making life worth living for.”

Aside from dispensing completely with the drums, Black Pumas’ rendition is fairly faithful to Chapman’s original, with Quesada recreating the tender acoustic progression and lacing a few electric licks of his own on top. Burton, meanwhile, delivers a breathtaking performance, letting his voice rise and fall as he sings, “And I had a feeling that I belonged/I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone.”

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