Music Monday: "I Knew You Were Trouble" (WOTE Cover)

It's been a long time since I did a Music Monday. Let me preface this one by saying that I am not a Taylor Swift fan. I don't listen to her music, though I understand that she has a habit of saying (and singing) some problematic stuff. But this isn't about Taylor Swift. This is about Walk off the Earth, and in particular, their cover of "I Knew You Were Trouble."

I'm pretty sure that everybody and their mother-in-law heard about Walk off the Earth when they catapulted to internet stardom with a five-person, one-guitar rendition of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." I'm pretty sure I listened to that song on repeat for...longer than I care to divulge.

Well, WOTE's latest earbug is their a cappella cover of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." I'd never heard the song before, so I had to do a little digging to discover that it was a Swift song. Now that I've listened to both of them, I have to come down unequivocally on the side of the WOTE cover. Stripped of pop/rock instrumentals, WOTE's cover is hauntingly disturbing (pretty much the right note, given the subject material), and features freaking fabulous beatboxing courtesy of KRNFX. I've listened to this cover at least fifteen times. If it were available for purchase, I'd buy it. Instead I have to spend a lot of time on youtube...and now you can, too: