Sigur Ros’ Jonsi is one of our favorite talents out there — with a huge set of pipes that would be at home in a medieval Cathedral and with an ear for melodies that might outdo Lennon’s.
This weekend at BBC’s Radio 1, he covered MGMT’s pscychedelic jam about finding fame in the 21st century — rethinking the song as a sad piano solo. The cover does what a cover does best — flips the song and shows how the same melody and lyrics can express the opposite sentiment.
“Let’s make some music, make some money, find some models for wives,” is a sad lyric in Jonsi’s hands. And the chorus, “Fated to Pretend” is a mournful 21st century grievance when Jonsi sings it.
Hear Jonsi’s version below:
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