Thousands of people have uploaded videos of themselves to YouTube playing acoustic covers of well-known songs. Armed with a guitar, a voice and dreams of viral stardom, the covers tackle everything from contemporary pop to hip-hop, and more often than not are done with an ironic nod to the viewer.
On the other side of that, there are the covers May.e posted online last month. Her stripped-down takes on The Ronettes and My Bloody Valentine ooze emotion and sincerity. She has recently recorded a full-length of original material, “Mattiola,” and it’s even more gorgeous than her covers — and stands possibly as one of the year’s best albums.