May 042011
 

Foster the People’s fun California-esque laidback brand of indie pop seems like it’s been everywhere the past few months. Now, Toronto songwriter/producer Royal Wood has recorded a vastly different version of their hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” making a song that was originally a light and fun summer song into a complex and philosophical track.

Royal’s voice, deep and haunting, transforms the song into a nostalgic tragedy, moaning “They’re coming for you, coming for you.” By the time he gets to the whistling solo (around the 2 1/2 minute mark), you’re not sure if this is the most brilliant interpretation or just the eeriest. It’s no longer a song about hanging out with your friends, but one of deep betrayal and mistrust. Check it out below.

Royal Wood – Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People cover)

Check out more from Royal Wood on his Myspace.

  One Response to “Royal Wood Crafts Melancholy Version of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks””

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)