FIDLAR remade Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” last month in their own party-punk image, but a new cover just shared to the Los Angeles band’s Tumblr takes an entirely different tack. In belated tribute to Elliott Smith, who passed away 10 years ago last week, the quartet take on “Whatever (Folk Song in C)” — and do so quite reverently. The short-and-sweet version was fittingly shared with the words, “woops… totally forgot to post this… RIP Elliott Smith. :_(” and sounds unlike pretty much anything the “Cheap Beer”-swilling crew has ever released (cross-reference “Cocaine” and the entire FIDLAR album).
Other Smith covers of late have come from Madonna, Cat Power, and Sky Ferreira with DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith. For more, check out this collection of 97 Elliott Smith concerts that you can download for free, and revisit SPIN’s “Mr. Misery,” a tremendous feature on the singer-songwriter’s final days by Liam Gowing. “Whatever” appear on the posthumous collection, New Moon.