Pentatonix in a still from their ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video, which gets a little weirder than this. Back row: Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying (all of whom are Arlington Martin High grads). From row: Kevin Olusola, Avi Kaplan RCA Records
Pentatonix in a still from their ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video, which gets a little weirder than this. Back row: Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying (all of whom are Arlington Martin High grads). From row: Kevin Olusola, Avi Kaplan RCA Records

Music

Any way the wind blows: Pentatonix takes on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

By Robert Philpot

rphilpot@star-telegram.com

April 07, 2017 12:45 PM

UPDATED April 09, 2017 01:19 AM

Although there were music videos before 1975, Queen’s clip that year for its now-classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is seen as groundbreaking. That was before MTV, way before YouTube, and certainly before any of the five members of Pentatonix was born.

But the Arlington-founded a cappella group — which released its latest EP, “PTX Vol. 4 — Classics” — on Friday, is getting into the act with its own video for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a song that seems like an inevitable choice for the group to cover.

The video starts with all five group members crowding onto a sofa, and then things happen — it doesn’t get completely out-there surreal, but it does get a little weird, as if it’s asking the song’s open question: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”

The song is made for showing off voices, but it’s the group’s re-creation of the musical instruments (from percussion to “guitar” solos) with just their singing that sets this version apart.

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“Classics,” you will not be surprised to learn, contains covers of classic songs, ranging from such way-back songs as “Over the Rainbow” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” to a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and their Grammy-winning collaboration with Dolly Parton on a remake of Parton’s “Jolene.”