Santigold's "Disparate Youth" was a high mark on her stellar album, 2012's Master of My Make-Believe. She'd already showed a willingness to tone down her dance-ready bangers with "L.E.S. Artistes," and "Disparate Youth" continues that trajectory with a sultry, jangly take on dancehall reggae.
In the hands of San Diego indie rockers Italian Japanese, the Santigold track becomes forlorn and haunting. Stripped to its essentials, the cover feels like the soundtrack to a road trip with no destination, a dirge lamenting the end of carefree youth. It's a lovely cover, and the shimmering U2-style guitar is icing on the cake.