While doing other things, I stumbled across this promotional video for a forthcoming album of Elliott Smith covers produced by Seth Avett which features himself alongside Jessica Lea Mayfield. Elliott Smith was a formidable part of my adolescence, a role he seems to have played for many devotees of a certain genre. Avett and Mayfield are also attached to the man who left us far too soon, and here the pair discuss the wherefores and the whys behind this album, set for release in March on Ramseur Records.
While I’m always excited to see a new take on Elliott Smith, I fumble on the wonder of the what ifs–what if he’d only known how special we all thought he was? But, then again, it wasn’t the outside world that was the problem; it was the world that was within him.