"Ya Hey" by Phosphorescent // Originally by Vampire Weekend
Earlier this year Matthew Houck released the excellent album, “Muchacho”, under his band’s moniker, Phosphorescent. That album features - hands down - one of the best songs of the year (“Song for Zula”). Since that album’s release, the band has been touring pretty heavily in support of the album. Recently, they sat down with California State University’s KCSN radio station to record some in studio tracks, at which time they brought out a cover of another one of the best songs of the year, Vampire Weekend's “Ya Hey”. The result is a delicate, melancholic lullaby that strips the original back to a somber piano piece with light accompanying guitar. Suffice to say, in the hands of Houck and his band, the song becomes another beauty altogether - a heartbreaking wonder that manages somehow to match (if not one-up) the original by delivering it weary and resigned instead of bright and headstrong.