Hive Five: Exploring the Fleet Foxes Sing Tumblr

Robin Pecknold performs with Fleet Foxes, Lorne, Australia, December 2011. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Last week, everybody wanted to believe that Fleet Foxes had covered Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”  – even Robyn herself – but the fact that it wasn’t actually the band, but a remarkable simulation, isn’t really a bummer. For one, the band was inspired enough by the fan-made tribute to actually promise to cover a Robyn song themselves. Also, it introduced us to this amazingly bizarre Fleet Foxes Sing Tumblr, where the same guy who recorded “Dancing on My Own” records Fleet Fox-ish covers of all sorts of songs.

Hive caught up with the artist behind the page — who asked to remain anonymous, as he doesn’t want his actual musical ambitions to gain a boost from his novelty project — to learn a little bit more about the project and his five best covers.

1. Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

“I recorded a short demo of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ with vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar, with no intention of sounding like Fleet Foxes,” he says. “When I played it for some friends — while drunk, of course — someone immediately asked, ‘What is this, the Fleet Foxes?’ From there, I thought it would be funny to try impersonating them just to get a few laughs.”

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