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See Caitlin Rose Transform the National’s ‘Pink Rabbits’ Into Alt-Country Gold

Caitlin Rose the National Cover 'Pink Rabbits' Video

It seems obvious in hindsight, but the National’s sad-guy songs are nothing if not country tunes moonlighting as baroque-pop gems. Leave it to Nashville’s Caitlin Rose, who got into George Jones after hearing a Mountain Goats cover, to expose this fact ever so beautifully. Back in July, she shared the EastSide Manor Sessions, an EP collecting live studio versions of her SPIN Essential still-fresh album The Stand-In. 

Now she goes from reimagining her own “Pink Champagne” to reworking the National’s “Pink Rabbits” in the same space. The Trouble Will Find Me highlight (another song about booze, it should be noted) is here reborn as a lovely slice of alt-Americana that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Bright Eyes album, a Gillian Welch set, or, hell, even an old Counting Crows record. “You didn’t see me, I was falling apart / I was a white girl in a crowd of white girls in the park,” she sings, modifying the original ever-so-slightly. As always though, Rose has no trouble standing out.

Watch above or stream below.