Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn Cover Chris Bell

The first single from the Scarlett Yornhansson collab LP Break Up was the pleasantly surprising “Relator.” Which was an original! And it worked! But it is easier to establish a stylistic identity by latching onto others’ than struggling to create your own — and Scarlett knows this well — so here she and Pete offer a cover of “I Am The Cosmos,” Chris Bell’s 1978 Car Records single that also served as the title track to a posthumous compilation of solo demos and non-Big Star singles released by Rykodisc in 1992. Pete takes a back seat, supplying harmonies and etc. to color their somewhat schizophrenic update of the original’s post-Beatles psychedelia, while Scarlett offers a lead vocal that is at least more compelling than her turns on Anywhere I Lay My Head. Hear it at Hype.

Break Up is out 9/8 via Atco/Rhino.