Rejoice, for Father John Misty has blessed us with new music. Original? No. Excellent? Most definitely.
The artist formerly known as J. Tillman covered Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” for CBC Music. The performance was shot at b.b gun leather, a garage workshop in a residential neighborhood—one might say a suburb—of East Vancouver. Misty’s skills are on full display in “The b.b. gun session” as he delivers a must-hear rendition of the title track from Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning 2010 album.
The standout track may have been made even better in Misty’s more-than-capable hands. Stripped of its Old West saloon-style pianos, ambling bass line and orchestral underpinnings, “The Suburbs” proves beautifully bleak and subdued, just the way Misty likes it. He puts on a clinic vocally speaking, showing off an impeccable falsetto and even filling in the track’s closing guitar riff with a whistle solo.
Misty is no stranger to playing other people’s music—the acerbic artist has also performed songs by Cat Stevens, Leonard Cohen and Nirvana. Misty is currently touring North America and Europe behind his acclaimed second album, I Love You, Honeybear. The modern-day troubadour also has b.b gun performance videos still to come on CBC Music, including a rendition of I Love You, Honeybear’s title track due out, along with three other live clips, on July 6.
Watch Father John Misty’s rendition of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” above and check out his thoughts on the performance in the interview below.