Hawkwind alumnus Alan Davey isn't the first artist who comes to mind when you think of covering a Post Malone song. But when he heard "Circles" (which just topped the Billboard Hot 100), the veteran prog rocker immediately thought he could do something with it -- an instrumental version for his collective Hawkestrel, with guests Todd Rundgren on guitar and L. Shankar (Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa, Shakti) on violin, whose sci-fi themed video is premiering exclusively below.
"When I heard ('Circles') it reminded me of a piece of music I wrote in '85 called 'Cosmic Doll' -- before Post Malone was even born, which made me feel old," Davey tells Billboard with a laugh. "I started playing it in the house and started to hear, 'Oh, I can do this with it and that with it....' Before I knew it I was recording it; Three hours goes by and all of a sudden you've written this piece of music for no reason. Then I approached Cleopatra (Records) with it and they were like, 'Wow, this sounds like Post Malone meets (Hawkwind's 1975 album) Warrior on the Edge of Time!' -- which is kind of relevant because I'm making music with all these old Hawkwind members. Everything goes around in circles, I guess."