Florence + The Machine Cover 'Stand By Me' for Final Fantasy XV Trailer: LISTEN
A new trailer for the Final Fantasy series is exciting enough as it is, but the latest clip for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV has something a little better than game details: a new song from Florence + The Machine. Florence Welch released a new cover of Ben E King's classic "Stand By Me" for the latest FF trailer, and as should have been expected, it's beautiful.
Welch's take on "Stand By Me" starts halfway through the latest Final Fantasy XV trailer, which was released on Thursday (March 31). Her take is a classic interpretation of the 1960s hit, with very little liberty taken with the melody. Instead, Welch uses her powerful, engaging voice mixed with just the lightest touches of harp and percussion for an interpretation that is at once totally new yet loyal to King's recording.
And that sound is no coincidence.
"I've always seen Final Fantasy as mythical, beautiful and epic," Welch said in a press release. "'Stand by Me' is one of the greatest songs probably of all time and you can't really improve on it, you just have to make it your own. For me it was just about bringing the song into the world of Florence and the Machine and the world of Final Fantasy."
Final Fantasy XV is set to be released on Sept. 30.
As for Florence + The Machine, the release of "Stand By Me" is not the only cover the band has done in recent months. They also released a take on Eagles of Death Metal's "I Love You All the Time" for the Play It Forward campaign in honor of the Paris terrorist attack victims.