Bon Iver Covers Okkervil River

Another one from The Stand Ins Sessions. Chapter Four brings us Justin Vernon, wearing a shirt with sleeves for the first time all summer, applying the upper reaches of his internet-famous falsetto to Okkervil River’s “Blue Tulip.” Like the others we’ve posted (Carl Newman’s “Lost Coastlines” with Will Sheff, and David Vandervelde’s “Singer Songwriter,” if you’re keeping score), it comes sans band. As For Emma fans can attest, though, Bon Iver is particularly well suited to coming sans band. (However he is joined on some late accompanying vocals by roadmates Mike Noyce and Sean Carey, who fill out the typical live Iver lineup.) Justin starts with Will’s melody up an octave, keeping it in his head voice throughout, substituting the original’s swing in favor of the yearning folk makeover you’d probably expect him to. (It’s pretty much as lovely as you expect, too).

The Stand Ins is out 9/9 via Jagjaguwar. Bon Iver’s For Emma came out forever ago, also on Jag.