For the Spotify Singles series that’s highlighting the work of the Grammy nominees for Best New Artist, Japanese Breakfast re-imagined “Be Sweet” from their 2021 album Jubilee as a funky disco tune complete with call-and-response vocals and a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” The cover features a folk-rock twist accompanied by an orchestral instrumental.
“We decided to record Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ because it felt like a very surprising cover for Japanese Breakfast,” said Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast frontman. “It’s so moving and sparse. We felt we could add some interesting instrumentation to the track and celebrate our fellow label mate Bon Iver.”
Listen to the song below.
Japanese Breakfast’s 2021 album Jubilee is nominated for Best Alternative Album at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards which will be airing on April 3. The band recently announced they would be touring with Courtney Barnett’s Here and There Festival as well as supporting Florence + The Machine for several shows. They will also be making appearances at major festivals such as Coachella, Boston Calling, and Pitchfork Festival this summer.
In February, Michelle Zauner sat down with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard as part of our Artist x Artist series. There, they discussed their mutual admiration for Yoko Ono. We also caught up with Zauner at the end of last year as part of our Exit Interview series.