I’m coming up only to hold you under
I’m coming up only to show you wrong
and to know you is hard,
and we wonder…..
The original Band of Horses song “The Funeral” is a shimmering, gorgeous cascade that always reminded me of watching waves break, or a beam of sunlight shoot through the clouds – direct and powerful. Breathtaking when it explodes around that 1:20 mark.
But there’s something in those lyrics that catches in the back of my throat, that I must admit gives me pause with its undertones of… vengeance? Sadness? Regrets? It’s never been more prominent to me than the way Serena Ryder takes this song and makes it her own. Her voice is a powerful creation that feels muted here, but channels a hint of Janis Joplin, or more recently the marvelous Samantha Crain. This recording comes from a 4-song EP of covers a la Cat Power.
I am entranced by her throaty alto re-creation — smoky and restrained, and yet so terrifically mournful.
Funeral (Band of Horses cover) – Serena Ryder & The Beauties
[poached off Dainon’s radio show]