Sometimes a cover comes out of nowhere, from an unexpected band or artist who gives the song a unique twist. In many cases, it just does not work. And in many cases it does – really well. Enter The Lumineers, who recently performed a cover of the Talking Heads song “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)” on Jimmy Fallon. Taking on the Talking Head’s characteristic new wave sound, The Lumineers transform the 80’s song into a sweet sounding tune fit for today’s folk rock fans. Using their now-ubiquitous “ho hey” singing style, The Lumineers give David Byrne’s staccato vocals a new twist, particularly on the “hi yo” that David Byrne sings throughout the song.
The Lumineers start the song off as a slower swaying version, until their folk instrumentation suddenly finds a home in the uniqueness of the song itself. They breathe new momentum into the cover as it goes on, giving it more and more energy. Not content to perform a cover that simply sounds like the original, they reveal new elements of the song on a cover that sounds vastly different. With a clear Lumineers stamp on it, they give it a wholesome sweet vibe that is unexpected, but somehow just works. Watch the video below.