Maybe the best way to first experience Karmin is to start with their cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper.” Under the direction of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, Lovato’s pop song becomes a sophisticated, swooning piano ballad. Heidemann replaces Lovato’s rocker rasp with her pristine, bell-like vocals, smoothing out all the rough edges. If anything, Karmin’s “Skyscraper” illustrates their ability to blend instantly accessible pop with elements of jazz and R&B. You’ll see the interplay of all three styles throughout Karmin’s songbook, from the bright acoustic amble of “Let’s Get Lost” to the languorous, layered “Inside Out.” Probably the most impressive thing about Karmin is that they can create full, percussive pop melodies with only a handful of instruments—acoustic guitar, cajon, two voices and the occasional piano and trombone. Like musical MacGyvers, this Boston-based duo emerges triumphant again and again using only the sparest of parts.
“Let It Go” – Karmin