Toronto-based art rock group The Darcys released their self-titled debut on October 25th and have recently recorded a cover of Steely Dan’s “Josie” for their upcoming AJA tribute album, set for a January 24th release. Giving a nod to one of their favorite bands, The Darcys decided to craft their version of “Josie” in a decidedly different tone.
“With ‘Josie,’ we wanted to create an ominous mood to close the record. The Steely Dan version plays like a breezy pop song about a beautiful girl, but the lyrics hint at violence and reckless abandon,” The Darcys’ Wes Marskell says. “Who is Josie to incite all of this? And where has she been? We loved the incongruity between Steely Dan’s feel and lyrical content, but our goal was to subvert the original by undermining that polarity.”
You can download The Darcys’ dark version of “Josie” for free here.