Many artists have covered the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, from the cast of Glee to Rogue Wave. England’s To Kill A King recently covered “Maps,” arguably the YYY’s most well-known song. The cover is a b-side to their newest single “Fictional State.”
The Leeds quintet pares down the song, their heartbreaking rendition recalling Mumford and Sons or the Avett Brothers. What it lacks in raw Karen O power, it makes up for in operatic quality bombast (especially around the minute and a half mark where a choir comes in, and later when a simple piano pounds out the notes). Though it may seem hard to make the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sound fresh again, To Kill a King does it flawlessly.
To Kill a King’s debut single “Fictional State/Maps” will be available on May 30. Definitely give it a listen: you’ll fall in love with the song all over again.
To Kill a King – Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
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