How many modern indie-rock covers of 80's songs does it take to make a trend? Maybe these are so good because they’re genre-defying; maybe they’re good because they allow us to subtly, shamelessly admit how damn catchy the 80’s were. Maybe they’re just good in comparison to some stagnant same-on-same covers, where contemporary artists take on other really similar artists (like the SXSW performance of Megafaun and the Tallest Man on Earth covering contemporary Bon Iver).
That being said, Ezra Koenig's voice sounds eerily like Christine McVie's husky whisper, so maybe he’s not exactly re-inventing the wheel here. It’s a good match, though, and VW adds a snazzy deconstructionist vibe twice—once at the beginning and then again about halfway through—where the drums break down haphazardly before bringing it back together cleanly and crisply and oh-so-earnestly with Ezra’s yell: “One! Two! Three! Four!”
Check out Fleetwood Mac's original here.
-- Caroline Klibanoff
Host, "Melodious Intoxication" Thurs. 12-2 on WGTB