Watch Jason Lytle & Troy Von Balthazar Cover Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 With A Chamber Orchestra

Watch Jason Lytle & Troy Von Balthazar Cover Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 With A Chamber Orchestra

The 2000 chamber-pop opus Figure 8 is the last studio album Elliott Smith completed before his death in 2003; it’s the one with the album cover that was turned into a mural in Los Angeles in tribute to Smith. And although I’m partial to Smith’s hushed, lo-fi early work, my heart flutters at the thought of hearing Figure 8 performed with a symphony orchestra. Fortunately, ex-Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and ex-Chokebore frontman Troy Von Balthazar teamed up for just such a performance on French radio station France Musique last Saturday under the name Jason Lytle, Troy Von Balthazar & The Color Bars Experience. They also performed some other songs including Lytle’s new Giant Sand collab “Transponder” and Smith’s Either/Or classic “Between The Bars.” Hear the whole performance here, and watch footage of six songs below.

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