Switchfoot's latest release is an EP, simply titled the Covers EP. For the EP Switchfoot covers Frank Ocean, Vampire Weekend, John Bellion, The Verve, Harry Styles, and The Chainsmokers. The songs that the band chose to cover are atypical, that alone makes the EP worth listening to. But when you pair that with Switchfoot doing a great job of recording these songs, then it's well worth your time.
Switchfoot's cover of "Swim Good" is the clear headliner on the EP, not only is it the lead track, but it's also an important song from Ocean that's timely and certainly relevant in the world's social climate. Jon Foreman does a great job of holding true to the song's original spirit and message and the balanced song from the band is an easy favorite. The band's "Harmony Hall" cover is true to the original song too, although the band doesn't get as intricate with their instrumentation as Vampire Weekend does. "Stupid Deep" plays like an arena-ready rock song from Switchfoot that would fit in well with their sets from a decade ago. "Lucky Man" - a song that was from The Verve in the 90's is another arena-ready song on the EP, and you can tell that the band took some extra care when recording the song. It holds true to the spirit of the song and it's another highlight. "Lights Up" is a Harry Styles cover and it's a pop song, it's not a bad cover but it doesn't necessarily fit in with the rest of the songs on the EP. "Sick Boy" - The Chainsmokers cover - is another song that would honestly fit in well with a Switchfoot live set. The guitar in the chorus is great, the lead-in is great too.
Switchfoot's Covers EP is a pleasant surprise for fans of the band. Not only did they put some meaningful attention to the songs they covered, they chose songs that really wouldn't come to mind when thinking of Switchfoot - then they showed off and made them their own. This is a fun listen and a noteworthy release from a band that has dozens of them.