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free music sunday: ellie goulding
May 10, 2009, 8:09 pm
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fmf_elliegouldingEllie Goulding
‘The Wolves’ [Bon Iver cover]

We featured an Ellie Goulding download as recently as February but we couldn’t resist picking up on this, fresh off the Neon Gold Records blog. In contrast to the synth-pop wonder of ‘Wish I Stayed’ [download here], Ellie’s version of Bon Iver’s ‘The Wolves (Act I & II)’ is closer to the solo acoustic performance we witnessed at the Union Chapel all those months ago, happily minus the distracting vocal affectations. Faithfully sticking with the minimal guitar of Justin Vernon’s original, beginning and ending with the a cappella mantra “someday my pain”, Ellie nevertheless puts her own stamp on the song with a reverb-drenched, sweetly girlish interpretation. It’s not dynamic in the same way as the original, in which you could sense Vernon gathering strength as the song built around his multi-layered voice, but Ellie’s stunning backing vocals have ideas of their own, adding colour to her version and elevating it above your average cover. Plus, she gets extra points for not using the annoying vocoder that tends to grate when listening to the original. Also, her use of percussion is considerably more subtle, sounding closer to an occasional crackle of fireworks than a blaze in a gunpowder factory. Nice job, Ellie. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Ellie Goulding, ‘The Wolves’

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