“Nothing lasts forever when you travel time,” Jenny Lewis insists early on the string-draped title track from The Voyager, her new solo album due out on July 29. Also imminent is the film Very Good Girls, which opens in theaters on July 25 and has an original score by the former Rilo Kiley singer. As Pitchfork points out, a clip from the movie travels time all the way back to the first track on Lewis’ old band’s first album, 2001′s Take Offs and Landings. Elizabeth Olsen, who co-stars with Dakota Fanning, performs the delicately finger-picked “Go Ahead.”
Although this straightforward, conversational rendition isn’t a cover that beats the original, it puts Lewis’ and Rilo Kiley’s work in a fresh context and helps those early songs, if not last forever, then at least be heard again as for the first time. Lewis’ friend Naomi Foner, a screenwriter and the mother of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, makes her directorial debut with the film, which also stars Richard Dreyfuss, Demi Moore, Peter Sarsgaard, Kiernan Shipka, Clark Gregg and Ellen Barkin. Throw in the all-star cast of Lewis’ winning “Just One of the Guys” video, and there can’t be that many more people who bought the first pressing of Rilo Kiley’s debut EP in 1999.
Compare the cover and the original below.