Little May – “Skeletons” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover)

Australian trio Little May — whose debut album we premiered here last month — were chosen to do Rookie magazine’s latest monthly theme song, and they chose Yeah Yeah Yeah’s It’s Blitz! torch song “Skeletons.” It keeps all the tenderness of the original while paring back its massive scale into something more bite-sized. Here’s what the band’s Annie Hamilton had to say about the cover:

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are just such a good band, and that song had such a good melody and vibe—it takes you away. When we did the cover, we didn’t want to drastically change anything, because it’s a beautiful song. We didn’t want to overcomplicate it. We took what we loved, like the melody, lyrics, and the dreamy feelings, and did what we’d normally do with those melodies. We wanted to make it our song without taking away any of the beautiful parts of the original. […] A lot of the lyrics are abstract. It’s not like they’re telling a literal story, but there’s so much imagery that comes through.

Check it out and compare it to the original below.

Little May’s For The Company is out now via Capitol. I sure wish Yeah Yeah Yeahs came out with another album after It’s Blitz! ;)