“Wistful” isn’t exactly an adjective that could be assigned to much of The Strokes’ catalog, but 2016 Best of What’s Next pick Julia Jacklin’s cover of the band’s 2001 tune for Triple J’s “Like a Version” is absolutely wistful.
The Is This It track is slowed to a crawl where only a steady drum, muted guitar lines and Jacklin’s tremulous vocals seem to be moving. There are hints of Angel Olsen in what she does, though her vocals never quite ignite in the same way that Olsen’s can. Instead, for this cover, she simmers. She resolves to not waste anymore time. As stripped down as the song is, it’s certainly not lacking depth.
See for yourself above, and check out another stand-out Jacklin cover here.