Memphis’ own Fast Planet demonstrated their graceful mastery of ambient pop with this summer’s debut, Jes. The record showed the band’s ability to play their chosen genre as up-tempo head-nodder or dreamily mellow, and pull off both with dexterity. Their cover of Iron & Wine’s “Naked As We Came” off the folk singer’s sophomore album, Our Endless Numbered Days, shows how the quartet can maintain that balance even when the song isn’t their own.
The original “Naked As We Came” is, itself, a fairly naked number, comprised of little more than acoustic guitars and hushed near-whisper vocals. Fast Planet dress it up with their skittering drums, background synth subtly, and a whole minutes worth of divine noise. Lead singer Brandon Herrington puts a little more meat on the vocals, while the background voices became a distant call. It’s a whole new take on the track that stays equally elegant even as it becomes more resplendent.
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