Single Review: Matt Lande - "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

Matt Lande delivers a strong cover of an 80s new wave classic.
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Portland-based alt rock/electro pop artist, Matt Lande, has been compared to the likes of Savage Garden and Snow Patrol and has made a name for himself, both as a solo artist and as the principal force behind bands such as StorySide: B and Heaven Is Where. For his latest single, he pays tribute to his 1980s new wave roots by covering the Simple Minds classic, "Don't You (Forget About Me)."

The track, which features Lande on guitar, bass, and keyboard, and Joey McAllister on drums was mastered by Andy Walter at London's famed Abbey Road Studios. Lande's version is a spot on tribute to the original with a few twists. The guitar is much more prominent in this mix than on Simple Minds' version, with Lande adding some intricate licks during the verses and power chords during the choruses while Lande's vocals pay homage to James Kerr's original. Lande's rendition stays true to the original while updating the song in subtle, yet effective, ways.