Aja Reinterpreted

Posted April 20, 2012 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

Steely Dan’s Aja re-imagined? The Darcys pulls off the ambitious feat

The balls this band has.

Have you heard Toronto-based band The Darcys attempting to cover Steely Dan’s 1977 art de facto album Aja?

It’s a ballsy attempt nevertheless, and one that definitely rises the curious antenna of the serious music connoisseur. But the idea of reworking the entire classic album in a contemporary setting has never been done before – until now.

The idea of re-imagining Aja, actually developed in between the making of the band’s next album. “The music was so intimidating,” band leader and drummer Wes Marskell. “I wish we had a legend to guide us, because so much is happening in the evolution of each song.” Aja, still considered one of the most brilliant albums of the twentieth century, was recorded on an extremely expensive budget. The Darcys admit that their version was done at home with a slim budget capping off at $500.

Their cover version of Aja is currently available for free as a digital download at their website and has even been exclusively pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

So check out the album, get back to us and let us know what you think.

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J Matthew Cobb

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