Owen – “Under The Blanket” (Smoking Popes Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Mike Kinsella has been busy this year reuniting his vastly influential emo/math-rock projects American Football (who reissued their seminal debut album and made their grand return to the stage at Champaign’s Pygmalion Festival last weekend ahead of several upcoming dates) and Owls (who did a smattering of shows and released a new record for good measure). But he hasn’t abandoned his current project Owen. Kinsella will close out the year with an Owen covers album called Other People’s Songs featuring his softened versions of raging punk songs by Against Me!, Depeche Mode, the Promise Ring, Lungfish, and more. The first track he’s sharing from the album is a tender, childlike take on the Smoking Popes’ “Under The Blanket.” He made coping with fear sound exceedingly pretty, so you should listen below.

Other People’s Songs is out 12/2 on Polyvinyl. Pre-order it here.