We were excited to see what song Owen Pallett--a.k.a. Final Fantasy, a.k.a. string arranger for Arcade Fire, among others--would choose for Undercover, because pretty much anything was guaranteed to turn out radically different from the original (and gorgeous). He grabbed "Game Of Pricks," from Guided By Voices' classic 1995 album Alien Lanes. Turns out he was a big GBV fan back in the day, but didn't realize until recording this cover that the song features the line, "Weep to water the trees." Pallett's latest album is the terrific Heartland.
AV Undercover 2014: Watch the Recap
Wye Oak Covers Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill"
Wild Cub Covers Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love"
Lydia Loveless Covers Echo & The Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon"
The Men Covers Devo's "Gates of Steel"
Howler Covers .38 Special's "Hold On Loosely"
PUP Covers Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"
Eagulls Covers The Stone Roses "I Wanna Be Adored"
Hamilton Leithauser Covers John Cougar's "I Need a Lover"
Ben Watt and Bernard Butler Cover Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days"
Real Estate Covers The Cranberries' "Linger"
Courtney Barnett Covers The Breeders' "Cannonball"