The past year has seen an unusual spike in the popularity of bluegrass and folk music. Some bands, like North Carolina natives The Avett Brothers, come by the influence naturally, but bluegrass has also trickled into unusual places like the music of London foursome Mumford & Sons and Danish songstress Fallulah. During a recent visit to BBC2 Radio, Fallulah temporarily traded the cheery pop tendencies of her original music for banjo and accordion flourishes as she covered the Yeah Yeah Yeahs track “Gold Lion.”
The distance between the YYY’s spiky rock and anything involving a banjo is significant, but Fallulah bridges the gap to create a cover that’s both inventive and fun. She retains the heavy percussion that structures the track, then blends her nimble vocals and the sparse banjo melody over it. The result is a track that would fit right in at a Smoky Mountains hoedown – quite an unusual feat for a girl from Copenhagen.