Lucius – “Wonderful” (My Morning Jacket Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn quintet Lucius made their name in part on the strength of a flashy stage show in which the leading ladies harmonize powerfully while looking like each other’s mirror image. It’s an electrifying show that’s won the approval of collaborators Mavis Staples, Tweedy, and the Rentals, but don’t let those wildly entertaining performances trick you into thinking Lucius let the showmanship get in the way of the music. The group’s acoustic cover of My Morning Jacket’s Circuital ballad “Wonderful,” recorded live at Los Angeles radio station KCSN, dispels any such notions. The band puts their own stamp on the tune by infusing it with their trademark harmonies and subtly beautiful guitar flourishes, then kick into gear for a big finish. “I will never grow older,” they sing, “at least not in my mind.” It will be included in the deluxe reissue of Lucius’ Wildewoman next month, but you can hear it below right now.

Wildewoman Deluxe Edition is out 10/14 digitally and 11/25 physically on Mom + Pop. Pre-order it here, and check out the tracklist:

01 “Wildewoman”
02 “Turn It Around”
03 “Go Home”
04 “Hey, Doreen”
05 “Tempest”
06 “Nothing Ordinary”
07 “Two Of Us On The Run”
08 “Until We Get There”
09 “Don’t Just Sit There”
10 “Monsters”
11 “How Loud Your Heart Gets”
12 “Turn It Around” (Recorded Live at Sounds Like a Fire)
13 “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
14 “How Loud Your Heart Gets” (Spotify Session curated by Jim Eno)
15 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” (Recorded Live in Brooklyn with JD McPherson)
16 “Wonderful” (Recorded live at KCSN, Los Angeles)
17 “Don’t Just Sit There” (Recorded Live at Sounds Like a Fire)
18 “Genevieve”
19 “Until We Get There (Vlad Lucan Remix)”

In addition, Lucius will release a limited edition pink vinyl of the original Wildewoman album on 9/30 as part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month project Ten Bands One Cause, and they’re headlining New York’s Terminal 5 on 12/6.