Earlier this morning, NY Mag's Vulture website ran a link to a cover of Robyn's "Dancing On My Own" by Seattle indie-folk group Fleet Foxes, featuring the group's trademark lovely harmonies, acoustic strumming and spacious, arena-ready production. It's a very nice cover, but there's one minor problem—it's not actually by Fleet Foxes. Rather, it's by the purposefully anonymous creator of the Fleet Foxes Sing blog series, which features a series of covers of pop gems by the likes of Adele, Rihanna and TLC, all in the gentle, harmonious style of the Sub-Pop quintet. (CoverMeSongs.com did an interview with the anonymous artist that better explains the inspiration and motivation behind the project.)
It was an understandable mistake on Vulture's part—Fleet Foxes Sing is very convincing. It helps that Fleet Foxes have such a distinctive, easily imitated style to begin with, but FFS does a damn good job of recreating the cavernous sound of songs like "Helplessness Blues" and "White Winter Hymnal," without ever being overtly cartoonish in his imitation. The resulting product is somewhere between tribute and satire, and it should be at interest for all fans of the Foxes and pop music, who will never need wonder now what it would sound like if the band covered pop standards like "We Found Love" or "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."
Anyway, the group is cool with it. "We didn't do that Whitney Houston cover," they tweeted back in September when "I Wanna Dance" first appeared. "Funny though!"