English-Canadian singer-songwriter Connor Roff has shared an emotional cover of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’. The song was the centrepiece to Buckley’s only official studio album, Grace.
It’s nearly impossible to match the high falsetto runs and haunting emotion of a Buckley track, but Roff comes damn close, honing in on that same heartbroken headspace that is invaluable to communicating lines like “Looking out the door/I see the rain fall upon the funeral mourners”. Despite the darkness, Roff’s intention was to create a much more warm and welcoming sound.
“We wanted to create an atmosphere wrapped in harmonies that felt like a big warm hug, especially during this difficult time. I’ve always been a huge Jeff Buckley fan, so it’s very nerve-wracking to cover one of his masterpieces,” explains Roff.
“As a result of Covid, James (producer) and I have been recording transatlantically and working together on a series of tracks, sending things back and forth from my home studio here in Vancouver, Canada to his in London, UK. This is the first of many to follow and we love how this song turned out. Hopefully, you do too.”
The cover doesn’t appear to be a preview of any significant upcoming release for Roff, but rather it seems to be a touching one-off that celebrates a truly one of a kind artist. You really have to have some gall to take on Buckley, since the market is saturated with wannabe balladeers plunking away at pianos and warbling some of his sad-sack lyrics to no one in particular. Roff is different: his cover feels purposeful and tasteful. It also doesn’t hurt that Roff has a hell of a voice, one that is actually able to handle the tricky inflexions and minor vocal gymnastics that were always prime features of the Jeff Buckley experience. The result is a talented artist paying tribute to another talented artist, which is a win-win for all of us listening at home.
Check out the audio for ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’ down below.