This is admittedly a few days late, but Phosphorescent performed a pretty great rendition of "Song for Zula" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week. Featured on the band's wonderful sixth album Muchacho, it might be my early favorite song of 2013. Opening with a reference to Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," "Song for Zula" seemingly explores the deep antipathy caged animals must feel towards humans. It's possibly much more allegorical than that, as Zula is the name of a small town in Africa (hence the references to desert plains) - as well as that of a New York psychadelic pop band. So who knows?
Watch Matthew Houck and his backup orchestra perform "Song for Zula" on Fallon:
Muchacho is out now via Dead Oceans.