Hopefully we’ve all gotten past the stupid idea — born out of some misguided notion of “authenticity” — that rock artists can’t worship at the same altar of pop as the rest of the world, so we can all properly mourn Zayn’s depature from One Direction together. Mitski puts it best in this quote from Billboard:
We seem to de-legitimize music that has a majority of young girl fans and think of it as having less cultural value. Isn’t that strange? I’m not down with the elitism of indie rock music, where it considers itself to be more ‘serious’ or ‘intelligent’ than mainstream pop. That thought often has nothing to do with the composition or political motivations of the music as it’s conveyed to be about, and more to do with its production, ‘aesthetic,’ and just another kind of branding.
So Mitski has covered One Direction’s Four highlight “Fireproof.” And even though her version is a minute shorter than the original, it packs just as much punch, taking the crunchy riffs that made her last album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, such a masterpiece and adapting them to a powerhouse of a pop song. 1D and Mitski forever. Listen below.
Bury Me At Makeout Creek is out now, and was just reissued by Don Giovanni.