Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sharon Van Etten featuring Joshua Homme Covers Nick Lowe

Photo by Ryan Pfluger
It premiered last week on the Hulu show The Great, but now we can listen to this cover on its own. Sharon Van Etten and Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) have joined together to cover Nick Lowe's iconic "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?" The duo slows the song way, way down into a nearly haunting version with lots of country guitars. Instead of the joyful sound of the original, Van Etten and Homme's version sounds more like a tearful plea.

Homme explains the collaboration: 

I went to a Courtney Barnett Valentine's Day concert that Sharon Van Etten was playing as one of a veritable buffet of musicians. She opened her mouth and my mind exploded—that voice, like fresh cream... with a hint of fine grit. When a week later the opportunity arose to sing with her, I jumped at it. This was of course  before we had any idea that the world would be going into hiding for months. Recording this song had nothing to do with what we’d be going through... until we started going through it. In these times, it’s a blessing to feel lucky even for a moment... and I feel lucky to have been able to work with Sharon, Zach Dawes, Michael Shuman, Matthew Siskin and our families.
When you’re shooting at home you start out shooting only what you love. Then you get tired and stop. This video doesn’t deal with anything outside of what’s happening within its own little world we created -- only what’s happening inside two households connected by what they love the most, nothing more.”

You can watch the video for Sharon Van Etten and Joshua Homme's cover of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?" below. You can purchase of copy of the song here. For more on Sharon Van Etten, check out her website.

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