Maggie Rose covers “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King: listen


Maggie Rose regularly nods to her inspirations in her original recordings, bridging soul, rock, country and funk on the 2021 album. Sit down. Rose goes straight to one of the sources for a swirling and trippy cover of “I Feel the Earth Move” by Rock Hall of Famer member Carole King, which was released on Friday.

The track premiered earlier this week on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame station, for which Rose took over to perform music from some of her heroes.

In its original form, King’s is a soul stomper that leads to the classic album Tapestry. In Rose’s reimagining, it’s ethereal folk-rock that travels through the psychedelic space of Tame Impala and even Mazzy Star. Rose delivers her lines in a stable and polished croon – a bit country, a bit rock & roll – and adds her own inflections to the melody. The 5 minute version swells with a mass of echoing vocals and reverberation to give it a darker tinge.

“We cut our version in mid-February and didn’t shy away from the obscurity we all felt, but it made the process cathartic,” Rose said in a statement. “It’s just an amazing song that brought us all together for an amazing time.”

Rose recorded Sit down at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes as producer. She has live dates through the end of the year, including a December 9 show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and a December 19 stop at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville.


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