Listen to OBErHOFER's Beautiful Cover of Nelly's "Luven Me"

We love Nelly, and we love how much Brad Oberhofer loves Nelly.

Feb 20 2014, 9:50pm

Out of nowhere, Brad Oberhofer, frontman of the Brooklyn band OBErHOFER, emailed us this beautiful, loving cover of Nelly's "Luven Me." We're gigantic fans of Nelly over here, so we jumped at the chance to let it out into the world. Brad kills it by sticking to the original strong structure, using the cover as an opportunity to pay homage to Nelly, highlighting the inherent delicacies of the O.G. version. In an email to us, he explained his reasoning for covering the track:

"I have been spending a lot of time in the past few years thinking about popular music. Not everyone likes to spend time thinking about music. For most listeners, Pop music is a vehicle for escape; a distraction that makes few intellectual or emotional demands. In order to feel carefree while consuming music, most people require the subject matter of their music to be carefree—something unreal, brainless and oblivious. When I was 11, I noticed for the first time a song on a popular album that was not so carefree or brainless. It moved me to tears, more than once. Over a decade later, I still appreciate the earnestness of this song."

Stream the cover below.

OBErHOFER are also about to head on tour. Check the dates below:

March 3 Baby's All Right Brooklyn #
March 6 Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC *
March 7 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC *
March 8 Savannah Stopover Savannah, GA *
March 9 Bottletree Birmingham, AL *
March 10 12th and Porter Nashville, TN *
March 12 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA
March 16 Spillover Fest Dallas, TX
March 17 VOV Fest Hot Springs, AR
March 19 Pilot Light Knoxville, TN %
March 20 Double Happiness Columbus, OH %
March 21 Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, PA %

# = W/ Celestial Shore and Big Ups
* = W/ Small Black and Thumpers
% = W/ Spires