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Father John Misty album cover

Father John Misty, whose brand spanking new album I Love You, Honeybear has deservedly been hoovering up the plaudits, released a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ on Valentine’s Day last month.* It’s an elegiac take on the song, sparse and haunting; any meaningful cover has to find an alchemy between the vibe of the original song and the vibe of the artist covering it.**

Here’s a cool little set, recorded for Seattle’s KEXP a couple of years back, including an interview in which a charming Josh Tillman explains how he’s developed creatively and musically since his more earnest J. Tillman solo work.***  There’s a touch of Jim Morrison in his vocal stylings (if not timbre; there’s also a slight facial resemblance).

And here’s an engaging and thoughtful interview with the chap in the Guardian.

 

According to Courtney Love, the song is about her vagina, though Cobain’s lyrics are typically ambiguous; make what you will of the timing of the cover’s release.

** Yes, am fully aware of the gentle irony of this, considering I’m the guitarist in a grunge tribute act. We don’t try to replicate each song as faithfully as some single-band tribute acts will attempt to do, seeking instead to present the songs through our own sound; we don’t stray that far from the originals; perhaps we should from time to time…

*** Vacilando Territory Blues and Year in the Kingdom are well worth a spin. Tillman was also the drummer in Fleet Foxes from 2008 to 2012. Busy chap.

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