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March 27, 2010 11:34 AM   Subscribe

Ever felt the need to listen to a piano cover of contemporary hits such as Daft Punk, Justice , the Pixies and Fatboy Slim while watching women dancing in black and white? Well Maxen Cecyrin will fulfil your strangely specific desire. (warning: slightly addictive)
posted by litleozy (42 comments total) 99 users marked this as a favorite

 
Beautiful and astonishing!
posted by washburn at 11:39 AM on March 27, 2010


*jawdrop*
posted by mullingitover at 11:42 AM on March 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's been a while since I've watched a video and been so into it. It is simply mesmerizing!
posted by duvatney at 11:51 AM on March 27, 2010


Win! Great Post!
posted by parmanparman at 11:53 AM on March 27, 2010


The fact that a lot of these are all party hits and sound really creepy and somewhat like a Philip Glass piece on piano is somewhat interesting. Problem: it felt weird to me once they got to the chorus. I think that they almost work in the introduction stuff, but the more it sounds like the songs that it comes from the more gimmicky and less essential it sounds.

But the videos that they chose to go with these tracks are fucking great.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 12:10 PM on March 27, 2010


I liked that about a thousand times more than I expected to.
posted by COBRA! at 12:14 PM on March 27, 2010


I love, love, LOVE piano covers of popular tunes, so thank you for this post. The Pixies one was luscious!
posted by hincandenza at 12:15 PM on March 27, 2010


Correction: His name is Maxence Cyrin, not Maxen Cecyrin.

But he's amazing!
posted by a sourceless light at 12:16 PM on March 27, 2010


The Pixies one just about broke my heart. I want to hear a full-on orchestral version now.
posted by swift at 12:18 PM on March 27, 2010


I loved the old-time Busby Berkley visuals over the Daft Punk tune. It just seems to fit somehow. I also liked the musical version of it he performed far better than the original.
Really good stuff.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 12:18 PM on March 27, 2010


Dammit, well spotted a sourceless light. If there any mods who wander in could they fix it? Cheers!
posted by litleozy at 12:19 PM on March 27, 2010


I agree that the Pixie's Where is My Mind is heartbreaking. First I am going to cry, then I will journal my feelings, then I will buy every piece of Maxen Cecyrin's work.

Fucking awesome post.
posted by helmutdog at 12:28 PM on March 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


This makes me sad I never learned to play an instrument. Awesome. A little more gin and some of these are going to make me cry.
posted by _Lasar at 12:59 PM on March 27, 2010


My favourite is Cocteau Twins - Ivo.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:09 PM on March 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


That was really great. Thanks.
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 1:13 PM on March 27, 2010


Good stuff, but there is one note painfully wrong in that fatboy slim track!
posted by finite at 1:22 PM on March 27, 2010


By A Waterfall - Busby Berkeley
posted by warbaby at 1:53 PM on March 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


If I could have had any parents other than my own, truly excellent and much missed parents, my choice would be Garbo and Frank Black. That one was particularly poignant, I think, and not just for me. Is that Anna Karenina? Probably not, but that's what I thought it was while I was watching. Never finished it, but I can see how it fits.
posted by tigrefacile at 2:00 PM on March 27, 2010


Ever felt the need to listen to a piano cover of contemporary hits ... while watching women dancing in black and white?

I'm not being facetious: I have felt that need. Thanks.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:28 PM on March 27, 2010


I've loved this guy since I stumbled upon "Don't you want me" on the Faithless "Renaissance 3D" album.

Really beautiful stuff that makes me ache to be able to play the piano anything...
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 2:31 PM on March 27, 2010


Some more on Youtube...
Smells like teen spirit
Unfinished Sympathy
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 2:40 PM on March 27, 2010


Turns out I wanted this more that I thought I did.
posted by fuq at 2:50 PM on March 27, 2010


Somehow he managed to turn "Around the World" into a boring tune.
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 3:03 PM on March 27, 2010


Beautiful stuff. Thanks for posting!
posted by Drexen at 3:05 PM on March 27, 2010


Where is My Mind, Vitamin String Quartet doesn't have the great B&W film but it's another option. I love piano and string covers.
posted by b2walton at 3:16 PM on March 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Unbelievably good.
posted by spiderskull at 3:48 PM on March 27, 2010


This seems as good a place as any to drop a link I've been saving for a while: German youth choir covers Guided by Voices' "Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory." Who knew that GBV, of all bands, would lend itself to such an arrangement, but it's just beautiful.
posted by cirripede at 4:35 PM on March 27, 2010


The Daft Punk by way of Busby Berkeley gave me flashbacks to synchronized swimming at summer camp when I was little.
posted by immlass at 4:42 PM on March 27, 2010


This post has everything I ever wanted.
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:29 PM on March 27, 2010


Thanks for posting this. He is mesmerizing. He turns pop songs into classical ballads. I'm going to watch out for his stuff. I really enjoyed listening to the songs I heard through this post. Cheers
posted by bfoster at 7:40 PM on March 27, 2010


The the footage in the Pixies cover comes from The Mysterious Lady, starring Greta Garbo.

The movie turns around Garbo, as a Russian spy, who falls in love with an Austrian officer (Conrad Nagel). Their paths unexpectedly cross when she steals military secrets from him aboard a train. Nagel is disgraced but can redeem himself if he can put an end to Garbo's spying career. But is he still in love with her, and she with him?

The entire movie is available in YouTube.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:59 PM on March 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


Sys Rq: My favourite is Cocteau Twins - Ivo.

Oh hell yeah. Lovely.
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:33 PM on March 27, 2010


It was the Depeche Mode cover that sealed the deal for me.

On a related note, I've been a huge fan of the Rockabye Baby series, which reinterprets rock and alternative music as lullabies. I'm particularly fond of the Radiohead album. Knives Out on Glockenspiel is pretty awesome, but it's tracks like Everything In Its Right Place and Sail To The Moon that remind me of Maxence Cyrin.
posted by bpm140 at 8:37 PM on March 27, 2010


Ever felt the need to listen to a piano cover of contemporary hits ... while watching women dancing in black and white?

I didn't. Now that I know what I'm missing, that need will be visiting me from time to time. My day just got a little bit better for having seen those - thanks.
posted by ashbury at 9:25 PM on March 27, 2010


Reminded me of the existence of Christopher O'Riley.
posted by davejay at 9:28 PM on March 27, 2010


All this talk about Where Is My Mind makes me think—

Facts:

Fight Club came out in 1999.
Surfer Rosa came out in in 1988.

Calculations:

1999 – 1988 = 11 years.
2010 – 1999 = 11 years.

Conclusion:

I feel older than I should because a movie I saw when I was in high school used a song that came out when I was barely in elementary school, and high schoolers today were barely in elementary school when that movie came out.
posted by ifandonlyif at 10:29 PM on March 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


can't say I have, but i might now.
posted by joose at 6:46 PM on March 28, 2010


i appreciate the effort but imho it never really takes off. It made me appreciate the originals though.
posted by FidelDonson at 1:09 AM on March 29, 2010


This is making me happy, thanks.
posted by everichon at 10:57 AM on March 29, 2010


I feel older than I should because a movie I saw when I was in high school used a song that came out when I was barely in elementary school, and high schoolers today were barely in elementary school when that movie came out.

Along those (admittedly quite derailed) lines, you know what blows me away? Dazed and Confused (1993) takes place in 1976. 1993-1976=17. 2010-1993=17. WTF???
posted by Sys Rq at 11:24 AM on March 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


These are great. I'd seen the Pixies one but not the rest. Thanks!
posted by homunculus at 11:35 AM on March 29, 2010


Yeah, had to stop watching.

At work, not getting anything done.

So... hypnotic.
posted by quin at 2:38 PM on March 29, 2010


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