Fleetwood Mac is one of those iconic acts that the very notion of covering any of their songs, let alone one of their most recognizable ballads, could be considered sacrilegious. Norwegian pop songstress Dagny has defied any temporary doubts to deliver a praiseworthy revisioning of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” The cover, which was originally featured on an episode of The Bold Type, is a stirring retelling of a story we believed we had known all too well.
Dagny, the critically-acclaimed pop darling who opened for LANY on our Ones To Watch presents tour, has an astounding talent for breathing newfound life into seemingly untouchable classics. The artist previously transformed “More More More,” a disco standard, into a shimmering work of nu-disco meets pop perfection. Dagny’s rendition of “Landslide” strips back the structure of the original without sacrificing any of its most nostalgic or pivotal moments. This is a retelling of “Landslide” that pays homage to not only Fleetwood Mac but to how everlasting their music is.
The slow-burning ballad finds the Norwegian songstress’ ethereal and airy vocals under a current of glitchy, minimal electronic production. Despite electing for a more futuristic take, the raw emotional sincerity of the original remains perfectly intact. In fact, the juxtaposition of Dagny’s otherworldly vocals, the modern production, and the essence of something familiar, crafts a sonic world that elevates the song to at times grandiose heights. It is safe to say that Dagny has done it yet again.
Listen to “Landslide” below:
For more Dagny, revisit our interview with the Norwegian pop songstress, where she spoke on the future of pop and which Spice Girl is her favorite.