“White Winter Hymnal,” by Fleet Foxes, is a song that deserves its title, being at once joyful and serene. Where the original reminds you of a snow-covered landscape, though, Oh Land’s new cover of the song feels more like running through the woods as the snow melts and the sun begins to break through. The cover replaces the acoustic guitar rhythm with a persistent, heavy drumbeat and its pace gradually escalates. The alterations come together beautifully and bring a fitting energy to the song.
On her website, Oh Land – producer/singer Nanna Øland Fabricius – says, “I want my music to feel like 2050 meets something really classic, like meeting a stranger that feels as familiar as an old friend.” She does this perfectly on the cover, attesting both to her own talent and to the song’s haunting timelessness.
Oh Land – White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes cover)