The Flaming Lips is a band that's flitted around the periphery of my play lists. Interesting, fun, but seldom astonishing.
And tonight I've chanced across this cover version of one of their songs, Waiting For A Superman, by Iron and Wine.
Where the original song reaches high, Iron and Wine's version is muted and soft, introspective where its companion is extrovert.
I love it when I find a cover version that takes a song and completely reinterprets it, makes it the artist's own - a rare treat that can be found elsewhere in such pieces as Johnny Cash's cover version of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt or in the transformation of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley.
To me, this is another to add to that list. Indescribably beautiful. Enjoy.
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