Portland’s Elle Archer aka Shaylee has just released a hauntingly beautiful cover of Elliot Smith’s “Alphabet Town” via Bandcamp.
The Kill Rock Star’s signed artist recorded and released the song as a tribute to one of her musical idols, stating on her Bandcamp page:
“I chose “Alphabet Town” because the song distinctly reminds me of Portland, which is not only where Elliott originally wrote and recorded the song, but also where I recorded my version of the track in my basement. It’s also a track that not many folks have covered or done their own spin on, and as an enormous Elliott fan (Either/Or being my favorite album of all time), I wanted to do something unique. My intention with this cover was to make it sound like it could have been on XO or Figure 8, with a much more fleshed-out and psychedelic full band arrangement.”
Shaylee dropped two albums last year on Kill Rock Stars, Bring It out of Me and The Life & Misadventures of Shaylee & Tarantula, both of which she describes as autobiographical exploring different periods of romantic struggle and self-discovering in her life. She performed nearly all of the instruments on both records.