Outlaw country crooner Sturgill Simpson is releasing a new album next month, and today he shared a cut from his forthcoming LP A Sailor’s Guide to Earth: a cover of Nirvana’s 1991 classic “In Bloom.” Simpson’s take is stirring, with some delicate, veteran vocals and rousing horns.
“I remember in seventh or eighth grade, when [Nevermind] dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom,” Simpsons said in a statement. “For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate — he doesn’t have to be tough or cold to be a man. So I wanted to make a very beautiful and pure homage to Kurt.”
Stream it below, and watch the surreally nautical, Matt Mahurin-directed video for the track. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth drops on April 15 via Atlantic.