Speedy Ortiz – “Lost Something In The Hills” (Sibylle Baier Cover)

By James Rettig / July 31, 2014 - 8:57 am

Sibylle Baier is a little-known German folk singer who, according to this, recorded a handful of songs in her home on a reel-to-reel tape recorder in the ’70s but never released any of them. That is, until her son put together a CD of her old songs to give out to family and friends and passed one along to Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis. He liked them so much that he put her son in touch with label Orange Twin, who would put out the collection of tracks under the name Colour Green in 2006. Speedy Ortiz is drawing attention to that album of sparse folk songs with their beefed up cover of “Lost Something In The Hills,” which they did for Rookie Magazine. “It’s got this really honest sadness to it,” frontwoman Sadie Dupuis told Rookie. “It’s about losing yourself in the woods, but it takes that idea in two very different directions: first, that the woods are the only thing that can restore this sadness, and, second, that this sadness is unbearable and you need to be exploring beyond the hills in order to get over feeling miserable.” Listen to the cover, which was recorded with Ben Scherer from Palehound, and the original below.