MOMENTS | Mash-up: Watch Father John Misty Cover Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs”
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Okay, so if you haven’t already heard it, the Father John Misty cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” might just be the best cover of 2015 (thus far, at least). Of course, in the last 18 months, we’ve also heard him perform six other covers, which include his take on Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box,” Cat Stevens’ “Trouble“,” Johnny Cash’s “Baby Easy Ride,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire” and “I’m Your Man.” NME spoke the Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, about why he chose to cover Arcade Fire’s 2010 anthem. Voicing a sentiment that is very much in line with his hyper-intelligent, albeit rather surly persona, Tillman’s explained, “On the Internet it gets spun into, like, I just fucking love doing these covers, I’ve got so many under my belt,” he says. “[As if] I just love whipping them out at a moment’s notice, and regaling the Internet with re-appropriated music… but I do love that song.”
We really wouldn’t mind if all “re-appropriated music” sounded this good. But they can’t all be Father John Misty covers. Find a quieter moments in this weekend’s 4th of July celebrations and let Josh Tillman’s soothing voice lull you into a contemplative state. Listen to his cover of “The Suburbs,” then pop over to NME to listen to him speak about what Arcade Fire means to him.
[Photo source: NME]