Comprised of Jess Wolfe (lead vocals and synth), Holly Laessig (lead vocals and keys), Dan Molad (drums and vocals), Peter Lalish (guitar and vocals) and Andrew Burri (guitar, drums, vocals), the Brooklyn-based quintet of Lucius have been praised across the blogosphere and a countless publications for Wolfe and Laessing’s devastatingly gorgeous harmonies, paired with stomping rhythms and an old-timey feel. 

Just in time for the release of the deluxe version of their latest effort, Wildewoman the band released two covers – a live cover of The Kinks’ “Strangers” and a cover of My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful.” The original version of “Wonderful” consists of Jim James’ falsetto vocals, guitar, perfectly placed, lush string arrangements and a subtle, country twang. Although Lucius’s cover is rather straightforward and retains the country twang of the original, their cover is haunting as they’ve stripped the song down to it’s essentials – some of the most beautiful guitar playing I’ve heard in some time, Wolfe and Laessig’s stunning harmonies and some hushed percussion to add to the atmospheric quality of the song. And in some way, Lucius’ cover of the song pulls out the original song’s folksy quality – there’s a twinge of wistfulness buried within the song’s basic hopefulness, as though the song’s narrator recognizes that the wonderful feeling they feel won’t last long, and that their hopes will be disappointed.