Setting out to cover some of the world’s most praised and well-known musicians isn’t an easy feat, but singer-songwriter Jon Bilbrough, better known as musical act Wilderthorn, does just that on his personal website. In an attempt to connect with his audience, Wilderthorn asked fans to send in song requests, and he would be covering the best ones to post online. The result, thus far, is four impressive short films in which Wilderthorn covers “Someday” by The Strokes, “The One I Love” by R.E.M., “Reckoner” by Radiohead and “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire.
Wilderthorn takes each of the well-known songs and makes them his own by introducing numerous different instruments to each hit, most notably his violin-soaked reinterpretation of R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.” Wilderthorn filmed all of the videos in outdoor settings that echo the soft acoustic feeling of the covered tracks. Wilderthorn does a stunning job at turning each of these rock hits into soft and personal ballads. Check out the four videos below.
Wilderthorn – Wake Up (Arcade Fire Cover)
Wildernthorn – Reckoner (Radiohead Cover)
Wilderthorn – The One I Love (R.E.M. cover)
Wilderthorn – Someday (The Strokes Cover)
Check out more from Wilderthorn at his website.