The Mountain Goats‘ lovely acoustic pop songs and soul-bearing personal lyrics seem a strange match for British heavy metal mammoths Iron Maiden. Yes, the Mountain Goats covering Maiden would be odd indeed. Well, don’t worry; they didn’t. Not quite.
Instead, Mountain Goat songwriter John Darnielle’s wife Lalitree (a professional photographer by day) has recorded an electro-pop version of Maiden’s 1986 hit “Wasted Years.” The song comes from a future covers project produced by an undisclosed friend. On her blog Lalitree explains that she “couldn’t wait” to share it. Listening to it, one can understand her impatience – the synth aptly conveys the minor-key gloom of the original thrasher, while her airy vocals bring a lighter touch. Check out Lalitree’s cover below and let us know what you think!
And for the die-hard Iron Maiden aficionado, be sure to also check out gypsy-punk band Guignol’s accordion-based rendition of “Hallowed be thy Name,” the closing track on Maiden’s breakout album The Number of the Beast.
Photo by RFMueller.