' have transformed Bob Dylan's classic, "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", into a smoky, jazz number. And while dragging the 1960s into the 1920s could seem like a risky move, they've done so with finesse and stunning beauty. Frontwoman Shirli McAllen's vocals float hazily over quiet acoustics, weary ukulele, and jazz piano, instantly taking the song from dirt roads and heartbreak to speakeasies and bittersweet nostalgia. And how does it feel to take on a Dylan song to begin with? "I am a huge Dylan fan and 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right' is one of my all-time favorites. There's always a little bit of a doubt when you think about touching a song as classic as this one. I really wanted to make sure we are doing it justice" says McAllen. Of the song's transformation, she continues,
We played around with it a bunch, at some point we even played a reggae version of it, but it didn't feel right for the song and it would've probably made some Dylan fans very angry. In the end it all came together perfectly in the studio. Our drummer Stuart got on the ground and played a haunting beat with a brush and a mallet on his Bass drums and that set the tone for everything else. Our producer, Jake Sinclair, who had a lot to do with the concept as well, played acoustic guitar in the room with us along with Austin's ukulele. The way they were playing it made me literally whisper the vocal. It felt like magic in there, and we are all extremely proud of the result.
The song comes off the band's forthcoming EP, Departures, a collection of covers transforming everyone from Coldplay to Lady Gaga [and you have to hear what they've done to "Pokerface"]. Give this song a spin, and be on the lookout for the EP to drop May 15.