When Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations came into the radio station on a summer day in 2006, none of us could wrap our heads around the song “Knights of Cydonia.” Were they serious? Was this supposed to be an attempt at emulating Queen? Or was it an over-indulgent attempt at space rock? No matter how many times we listened to it and debated its merits, we just couldn’t get past the WTF-ness of the whole thing and never added it to the playlist.
Now, though, “Knights” is considered to be one of Muse’s great songs. I love it.
This brings me to a cover by Alexandra Kuznetsova, a Russian pianist who works under the name Gamazda. As excessive as the original seemed to us in those music meeting a decade-and-a-half ago, this is just batshit weird. And yet…