Producer and engineer Peter Katis, who is best known for his work with The National and Interpol, surprised us (in a great way) earlier this week with his band’s take on The National’s “Anyone’s Ghost.” The track—recorded with his band, The Philistines Jr.—presented a faithful rendition of the song, recreating Bryan Devendorf’s unmistakable drum parts and the band’s moving progressions.
But half of the charm in a cover is its contrast to the original, and The Philistines Jr. surely have a handle on that. Instead of Matt Berninger’s gentle baritone on vocals, Peter enlisted then-8-year-old Henry Katis, the son of Tarquin Katis, Peter’s brother and Philistines Jr. bassist. Throw in some spooky theremin and clavioline by Rob Schwimmer, and you’ve got one of the few National covers that’s totally suitable for Halloween. Check out the National-approved track below, and check out the band’s website here. The Philistines Jr. will play at the National-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties this December.