San Francisco’s Silver Swans are no strangers to the cover song. They’ve already infused their brooding electro-pop into tracks by Fleet Foxes (“He Doesn’t Know Why”) and The National (“Anyone’s Ghost”). Now, the group has a go at Lana Del Reys’ famed “Video Games”.
Ann Yu’s soft, dream-like vocals help maintain the sensual vulnerability of the original version, but the gloomy electronic pulses that drive the cover take it into a much darker territory than Del Rey would dare. Silver Swans say they made the track a “bit more ‘wintery’ for the holidays,” and the end result successfully conjers up visions of swirling blizzards and snow-covered landscapes. So as the temperature drops and winter begins to settle in, this cover comes just in time. Check it out below.
Silver Swans’ next album, Forever, is out February 7th. Stream lead single “Let It Happen” on SoundCloud.