Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” Performed on Traditional Chinese Instruments

Matteo — they’re a band from Salt Lake City that spent years “meandering through Chinese street markets and mountains,” gathering “a hearty collection of Chinese traditional instruments,” and then incorporating their sounds into their own brand of american indie-folk music. Naturally you’re wondering what this fusion sounds like. So we give you Matteo performing “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” from the Talking Heads’ fifth album, Speaking in Tongues. Find a live version of the original right below. via BoingBoing

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  1. Jill Bernstein says . . . | April 27, 2012 / 8:12 am

    Terrific.

  2. Chad says . . . | April 27, 2012 / 8:37 am

    Would have been nice just to have heard the instruments. Couldn’t sit through it once the singing began.

  3. James says . . . | April 29, 2012 / 3:05 am

    I’ve never met a nice person called Chad.

  4. Tim says . . . | April 29, 2012 / 6:17 am

    Wonderful! Obviously done with minimal equipment in somebody’s kitchen but still wonderful.

    Peace,

    Tim

  5. Alimi says . . . | April 29, 2012 / 9:26 am

    U guys ar really gr8, & i want u 2 keep it u. D lord wil help u d more. Stay bless & remain focus.

  6. Tahoe Kamman- Nevada says . . . | April 29, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    Awesome cover! I’m sure David Byrne & the rest of Talking Heads would love this version.

  7. Rino says . . . | May 2, 2012 / 9:41 pm

    why?

  8. Steve says . . . | August 27, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    Love the simple joy of these dudes jamming in the kitchen. cheers.

  9. Alan Coady says . . . | November 10, 2012 / 1:16 am

    Playing beside the fridge. Cool.

  10. Eric says . . . | November 17, 2012 / 7:43 am

    Inspired instrumentation. And I liked the singing too — not David Byrne, but simple and respectful, with a lot of heart.

    Carry on!

  11. Linden says . . . | March 31, 2013 / 12:41 am

    ditto Tahoe Kamman. Beautifully done. And nice referencing the lamp!

  12. indybend says . . . | March 31, 2013 / 6:09 am

    lovely cover of one of my all time favorite songs – thanks!

  13. I says . . . | March 31, 2013 / 9:05 am

    love the Oriental sound…joy of music

  14. Zozie says . . . | April 24, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    I like both the original song and the cover. Well… the original a little more :)

  15. Rebecca White says . . . | August 19, 2013 / 5:02 am

    Fantastic!

  16. Gisele says . . . | August 19, 2013 / 6:14 am

    I cried. Seriously. It brought tears to my eyes. Loved.

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