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Japanese Breakfast cover Sufjan Stevens song ‘Romulus’

Japanese Breakfast star Michelle Zauner has recorded a cover of Sufjan Stevens’ classic track ‘Romulus’ for SiriusXMU Session

Zauner recorded her take on the track at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, with backing from Molly Germer and Gabby’s World.

The star lends the song, which first appeared on Stevens’ seminal 2003 record Greetings from Michigan the Great Lake State, a faithful and earnest reinterpretation with sparse piano, a gorgeously toned guitar, a smatter of violin and similar falsetto vocals to the original.

Japanese Breakfast is also partaking in a new series of live EPs recorded at the iconic studios along with Patti Smith, Faye Webster, Bleachers, Dominic Fike, Natalie Bergman, Remi Wolf and Jon Batiste for Spotify. This particular cover, however, is unrelated. 

The debut release in the series set for July 29th will come from the bandleader John Batiste who will kick of proceedings with his Late Show jazzy vibes. 

Electric Lady’s general manager, Lee Foster, announced in a statement: “The idea for Live at Electric Lady dates back to as early as the mid-70s, done typically for various radio stations throughout the years. This, however, is the first time that it’s had a dedicated partner and a concrete plan forward.”

Adding, “Having Spotify, its staff, and its know-how has given us the big engine we needed to make this program a success.  As we look to the future of continued curation of great music, content, and events, this partnership is a great step forward in our evolution, which we look forward to for many years to come.”

For now, you can check out the gorgeous cover below. 

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