I’ve been listening to this over and over for days. This is a group of North Korean musicians playing Take On Me by A-Ha on accordions.
If you’re wondering, by the way, how a bunch of North Korean teenagers ended up playing this, its part of a project by Norwegian Morten Traavik called THE PROMISED LAND (I think it’s supposed to be capitalized, also not to be confused with the Matt Damon movie), that is connecting with North Korean artists, which I am all for.
I really like strange cover versions of songs. And strange songs. And Strange Bands. This is what I live for, and I have to thank a new podcast I’ve been listening to for this and about a half dozen other great musical finds in the past week or so. The podcast is called Scriptnotes, and is a podcast about screenwriting by John August and Craig Mazin. The podcast has almost nothing to do with music, but every week they choose a different, usually youtube, piece of audio for their into and outro. Love it! The podcast is really good too.