Bon Iver’s new self-titled album is still barely a week old, but thanks to television appearances, reviews, and blogs like us the hype has been going for months. While some of you may not have even gotten around to hearing the whole thing yet, those that have should be familiar with “Perth,” one of the record’s standout tracks. Frontman Justin Vernon and his assembled studio musicians create a layered collage of melodies in their recording, capturing a feeling through soundscape rather than focusing on more concrete song composition tactics.
In this fantastic cover, Australian YouTube violinist Tim Keen takes aim at Vernon’s recording, stripping down and separating each melodic layer and recording them each himself in separate takes on violin, drums and (sparingly) electric guitar. The video that accompanies the song both shows Keen’s approach and visually separates the different instrumental tracks, allowing the viewer to disassemble the layered sound into its different parts. On top of the insight it provides, the clip also shows off Tim Keen’s talent, especially as he beautifully adapts the song’s delicate melodies to the violin. Watch the video below. (via Paste)
Tim Keen – Perth (Bon Iver cover)