Lykke Li Covers Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Silver Springs’
Fleetwood Mac have the honor of seeing a tribute album full of some of today’s best indie rock artists cover songs spanning their entire career. One of those artists is Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li, and you can listen to her faithful rendition of ‘Silver Springs’ below.
Li manages to make her version of ‘Silver Springs’ sound like a dream-pop track. The song is done in a Best Coast-style presentation, which is appropriate since that band also covered a Fleetwood Mac song for ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac,’ choosing ‘Rhiannon’ as their contribution. Li’s ‘Silver Springs’ excludes the piano strokes as well, but her voice is almost identical to Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks’ vocals on the live version that was released in 1997.
The original ‘Silver Springs’ has an interesting place in Fleetwood Mac lore. The song was originally supposed to appear on the band’s 1977 album, ‘Rumours,’ but was kept off the final cut due to time constraints. It was kept as a B-side to the first ‘Rumours’ single, ‘Go Your Own Way,’ and didn’t see a proper release on its own until 20 years later. This was one of the first signs of growing tensions within the music legends’ camp in the late ’70s.
‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac’ will be available on Sept. 14. Aside from Lykke Li and Best Coast, other covers were recorded by MGMT, the Kills, the New Pornographers and more.
Listen to Lykke Li Cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Silver Springs’