Song Premiere: Listen to Will Dailey cover Arcade Fire’s ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’


Massachusetts singer-songwriter Will Dailey cleaned up at last year’s Boston Music Awards. On the strength of a gauntlet-throwing homegrown and self-released album, National Throat, and a detailed process in which the musician reclaimed control of his career from a disinterested but contracted major label, Dailey took home two BMAs atop the ballot: “Artist of the Year” and “Album/EP Of The Year.”

Now, he’ll be showing it all off at the Sound Of Our Town music festiva, a Vanyaland-curated BMAs party at the Lawn On D outdoor space in the Seaport on September 24. Joining Dailey on the locals-only bill are Tribe Society, Ruby Rose Fox, Bearstronaut, Vundabar, Oh, Malo, host and MC Moe Pope, and others.

To get us even more excited, Dailey today has released a video and cover of Arcade Fire’s 2010 single “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” a song that’s been close to Dailey’s recent expeditions out on the road.


“It served as a kind of therapy the past two years of touring, promotion and clawing my way to some version of self contentment,” he tells Vanyaland. “Music can force you into an extroverted pose with a nauseating amount of constant communication when the artist really needs to be an introvert. This song has been a way to cut through that paradox and gaze at my shoes if needed. We are all finding a place where we belong. Sometimes you have to come to terms with belonging there.”

Dailey’s there already. Watch his take on “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” below…