Fontaines D.C. have released their cover of Nick Drake’s cherished “‘Cello Song.” The recording serves as first single off of a forthcoming tribute project, The Endless Coloured Ways – The Songs of Nick Drake, out on July 7th via Chrysalis Records.
Adopting a different approach than Drake’s original (first released on 1969’s Five Leaves Left), Fontaines switch out the bustling acoustics and the titular cello for a driving backbeat, a soundscape of guitars, and a haunting melody that, all combined, use Drake’s same spark to light a whole new flame. Hearing vocalist Grian Chatten croon the final verse, “So forget this cruel world/ Where I belong/ I’ll just sit and wait/ And sing my song,” it makes one reflect on how Drake would feel if he could see the impact he’s made on so many artists since his tragic death in 1974. Watch the music video for Fontaines D.C.’s cover of Nick Drake’s “‘Cello Song” below.
To Cally Callomon (manager of the Nick Drake Estate) and Jeremy Lascelles (co-founder of Blue Raincoat Music and CEO of Chrysalis Records), honoring Drake’s influence was the idea behind starting this tribute project. Featuring Feist, Bombay Bicycle Club, Radiohead’s Philip Selway, Let’s Eat Grandma, Ben Harper, Skullcrusher, and more, each of the album’s 25 tracks demonstrates the creative diversity of Drake’s following.
“Cally and I embarked on this venture with one simple brief to each of the artists — that they ignore the original recording of Nick’s, and reinvent the song in their own unique style,” Lascelles explained in a statement. “It was really humbling to hear so many similar responses, with everyone saying how important Nick’s music was to them, and how much they wanted to be part of this project. As the results came in one by one, we were thrilled by the brilliance and invention that each artist had shown. They had done exactly what we hoped for — they had made the song their own.”
Leading up to the album’s release, Chrysalis will issue a series of limited edition, double-sided 7-inch singles culminating in an unreleased recording of Drake singing Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is a Long Time.” Pre-orders for The Endless Coloured Ways – The Songs of Nick Drake are ongoing.
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The Endless Coloured Ways – The Songs of Nick Drake Tracklist:
01. Voice from a Mountain (prelude) — The Wandering Hearts
02. ‘Cello Song — Fontaines DC
03. Hazey Jane II — Camille
04. Saturday Sun — Mike Lindsay (feat. Guy Garvey)
05. Road — Bombay Bicycle Club and The Staves
06. From the Morning — Let’s Eat Grandma
07. Place to Be — David Gray
08. Three Hours — John Parish and Aldous Harding
09. Parasite — Stick In The Wheel
10. Time Has Told Me — Ben Harper
11. One of These Things First — Emeli Sandé
12. Northern Sky — Karine Polwart and Kris Drever
13. Black Eyed Dog — Craig Armstrong (feat. Self Esteem)
01. Road (reprise) — Bombay Bicycle Club and The Staves
02. Poor Boy — Nadia Reid
03. Which Will — Christian Lee Hutson (feat. Elanor Moss)
04. Harvest Breed — Skullcrusher and Gia Margaret
05. I Think They’re Leaving Me Behind — Katherine Priddy
06. Pink Moon — AURORA
07. Time of No Reply — Joe Henry and Meshell Ndegeocello
08. River Man — Feist
09. Free Ride — Liz Phair
10. Fly — Philip Selway
11. Day Is Done — John Grant
12. Voice from a Mountain — The Wandering Hearts