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California Sounds: Julia Holter and Nite Jewel explore Depeche Mode; Health does New Order; Dale Crover drums; the Rain Parade gets reissued

California Sounds: Julia Holter and Nite Jewel explore Depeche Mode; Health does New Order; Dale Crover drums; the Rain Parade gets reissued

Health, “Blue Monday” (Loma Vista). The Los Angeles quartet long ago earned the cred to tackle this dance floor classic by New Order, which was commissioned for the new Charlize Theron thriller “Atomic Blonde.”

Originally written in mourning of the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, New Order’s original presented a template that helped darken the tones and textures of synth-based songs in the early ‘80s. Three decades later, Health’s cover adds a layer of tense aggression.

Where New Order’s version sounds like it was recorded in a clean, dust-free environment, Health adds a dungeon’s worth of echo and depth, newly resonant...

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