NEW INDIE POP: MEADOWLARK - MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE
Happy Autumn everyone from your friends at We Are: The Guard. Finally, Meadowlark released their newest cover of Francis and the Lights song “May I Have This Dance” that really puts us in the mood for some pumpkin spice and turkey with ample stuffing. It's time for love and angst for my favorite seasons.
MEADOWLARK - MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE
Bristol based duo Meadowlark consists of Kate McGill and Daniel Broadley. McGill’s early career started as a solo artist performing covers on Youtube and over time ended up recruiting Broadley for a meatier project. Birthed and inspired by the Fleet Foxes, Meadowlark came to life named after one of the band's singles of the same name. The Foxes's trademark folk sound is replicated through them, except Meadowlark features a female driver of the narrative. The mellow, understated nature of the songs are parallel to each other creating a sound that floats in the realm of their inspiration and Bon Iver.
“May I Have This Dance” is a cover of Francis and the Lights single, but the Meadowlark version barely resembles the original. Their production features a simple piano-centered instrumental with the folky softness of McGill's vocals that contains little bits of raspiness. Unlike the original, each word is heard clearly, and each note is purposeful down to the abrupt, static-filled end. The protagonist continues to reason and beg for the duration of the song. Intended or not, I cannot help but be mesmerized by the sadness of the composition.