Our favourite duo have come together once more. The beloved witchy artists Ethel Cain and Florence Welch have reunited in a live version of Morning Elvis, which originally appeared on Dance Fever by Florence and the Machine.
Ethel Cain, an American artist named Hayden Anhedönia, supported British icons Florence and the Machine on a handful of US dates as part of the band’s Dance Fever tour.
Now, the ethereal singers have joined forces once again with a live release of Florence and the Machine’s track, Morning Elvis. The new version was recorded on tour in Denver earlier this year.
Speaking on the new version of the track, Florence explains: “Morning Elvis is a song about the power of performance. Of rock and roll tragedy and transcendence. And it’s a sign of a truly special artist when they make a cover their own.
“When Hayden sang this song it felt like it was hers, she really gave it that outlaw energy, like witches of the Wild West. I even threw more lines at her on the day because her tone and cadence was so perfect I wanted to hear more. And she did not miss a line even with only an hour to rehearse. I truly think I have found a kindred spirit aesthetically and artistically. And now every show I sing ‘Morning Elvis’ with an Ethel Cain inflection.”
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“I was giggling when we rehearsed the song just the two of us before the show because Florence [Welch] told me that ‘Morning Elvis’ was her channeling her inner Southern rocker, and I told her I couldn’t stop myself from emulating her British accent on certain words,” Ethel Cain explained in a statement.
The American Teenager singer continued: “It felt like a holy convergence happening in a basketball arena [Denver’s Ball Arena]. Florence’s dressing room smelled like powder and sage and we were both dressed in white, singing our lines back and forth to each other, and I felt like I was back in choir practice, but with an actual angel this time. She’s never not smiling, and if you would have told me we were the only two people in the entire venue while we sang it in the middle of her set, I would have believed you.”
Ethel Cain released her debut album, Preacher’s Daughter, in May while Florence and the Machine rolled out their fifth studio album, Dance Fever, in the same month.
Listen to Ethel Cain and Florence and the Machine’s collab below.