Covered Tracks: Fleet Foxes

Covered Tracks: Fleet Foxes

Sometimes you hear a cover of a popular song you thought you knew and it’s like hearing it for the first time. For your listening pleasure, here are some covered tracks I’ve been playing on repeat.

I was first introduced to indie folk band Fleet Foxes at SXSW back in 2008 and was blown away by their ethereal, layered harmonies. Hailing from Seattle, the group was started by two highschool friends and grew into a five-piece band that soon garnered critical acclaim, particularly in Europe. In fact, two Swedish teenage siblings posted a cover to youtube of one lesser-known song, Tiger Mountain Peasant, that quickly generated thousands of hits.

Known as First Aid Kit, the sisters were signed to the record label co-owned by none other than the The Knife, a band also recently covered on Chickster. First Aid Kit visited Austin in October for ACL 2012 and kicked off the weekend with a show for KUT at the Four Seasons.

But the female voice that perhaps best captures the Fleet Foxes (and that peculiar unique urge to mournfully wander through a forest – or is that just me?) is Birdy. While this UK singer is just 16, her expressive voice belies her tender years. Here is her cover of one of my favorites, White Winter Hymnal.

What do you think? Who does Fleet Foxes best?

For those of you who can’t get enough Fleet Foxes covers, you may want to check out some very convincing imposters on tumblr doing Fleet Foxes versions of other popular songs, like “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins.

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2 Comments to “Covered Tracks: Fleet Foxes”

  1. I really like that First Aid Kit cover. Those girls have some amazing voices and harmonies.

    I was really impressed when I saw Fleet Foxes live, because I feel like live vocals don’t always live up to the recordings, but their harmonies were just as beautiful live.

    OMG, the Fleet Foxes version of Ginuwine’s “Pony” is AMAZING.

  2. First Aid Kit. What a clever name. You always need one of those! They are just swimming in talent. Birdy sings very prettily as well. Dare I say, like a bird? I also saw Phil Collins perform “In the Air Tonight” live once. In my defense I was only in 6th grade.

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