One of the coolest things about cover songs is having the chance to hear a song you love in a completely new light. It's easy to repeat a song in its own style, but there's something very impressive about an artist who can respect the song's essence while putting a different spin on its sound.
"Drain You" is quite possibly my favorite Nirvana song. It's rough and hard and heavy in all the right ways. Sometimes, it's exactly what I need to exorcise my demons.
That said, I'm a huge fan of folk music, as well. As much as rocking out is a very powerful catharsis for me, sometimes it takes something lighter to grab me where I need to be grabbed (not in a dirty way, EIC Amber Valentine!). And behold, no matter what mood I'm in, "Drain You" can still be my medicine of choice. Because Portland, Ore., folk quartet Horse Feathers has proven that Kurt Cobain's songwriting can't be pigeonholed.
The band's cover of "Drain You" is soft and poignant in a way that can't be absorbed while rigorously banging one's head. Horse Feathers' translation feels strangely natural, and appropriately pays tribute to a truly amazing piece of work.