Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner has been on tour with Sylvan Esso as Flock of Dimes, her solo project, and the group made a pit stop to perform a pair of gorgeous covers for the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover video series.

Wasner’s performance of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” with Amelia Meath on backing vocals, is a faithful, delicately modernized rendering of the 1986 hit, dreamy reverb hitting that happy-sad summer solstice sweet spot. But when Amelia takes the lead for a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free,” the real magic happens:

Maybe I’m just a sucker for Welch’s particular brand of anguished Americana, but shiiiit, these harmonies are really something else.

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Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes are releasing both covers later this year as split singles, but the videos are worth a watch, if only for Meath and Wasner’s “dang we sound good” glow.


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