I mean, you would have to have a pretty decent knowledge on tunings/blues-folk style to pull a lot of them off. There's some interesting open tunings and chord voicings on that album that make it different from just your standard strumming of a guitar.
That's an interesting way of looking at it, bur I didn't think that was what he was talking about. That's a technical hurdle, to be sure, and something that makes the songs difficult (the same can be said for songs with wide vocal ranges, extreme high notes, expert guitar/piano/drum solos, etc.), but when I think of a song as "uncoverable," it's because there is something inherent in the original version that cannot be adequately be captured by anyone else.
Okay sorry, I should have clarified I guess. Yeah sure a lot of people could rip off a cover of "Flume" and it could sound pretty good but I don't envision myself particularly enjoying it. Personal bias, but removed from the context and atmosphere of For Emma the song is going to feel like it's missing something to me. And I dunno, it's gonna have to be a damn good "Holocene" cover for me to love it...that's my favorite song put out in the last several years.
Ahhh, gotcha. I mean, I've heard some magical covers of the songs off For Emma
, so maybe that's why I don't necessarily think they are untouchable. And I love love love "Holocene" too, and it's definitely not a song that everyone can pull off (Brian Fallon, for example, has far too heavy a voice to really do anything by Bon Iver), but I can still imagine a reinvention of that one more than something like "Beth/Rest."