Though enigmatic songwriter Father John Misty has been known to include covers of Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens and others into his live sets, a recent video of the singer performing Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” may be his first contemporary cover.
Performed acoustic during a session for CBC Music, the video captures a solo performance of the Arcade Fire track that rivals any of his past covers.
Jumping to a flawless falsetto throughout, Tillman nails the vocal line, even adding a whistling section at its finish. The lyrics fit his wry, witty, and socially conscious writing style perfectly, making the song a surprisingly appropriate choice.
Watch the video below, and read our review of his last performance at The Vic here.