Megan Bonnell – “Unknown Legend” (Neil Young Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Preceding the release of her second LP Magnolia as well as some SXSW performances, Megan Bonnell has teamed with producers Chris Stringer and Joshua Van Tassel for a cover of the classic Neil Young song “Unknown Legends.” Trading in Young’s twangy guitar parts for a slow, smooth piano arrangement and etherial violin harmonies, the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter successfully modernizes the song without overhauling its personal nature and inherent charm. Although this cover isn’t on Magnolia, Bonnell’s work here posits that perhaps her upcoming project will adapt classic motifs into something entirely her own. Listen below.

Here are Bonnell’s SXSW performances:

03/18 Austin, TX @ MusicOntario – Friends at 12:45PM
03/19 Austin, TX @ Halifax POP Explosion – Friends at 8PM

Magnolia is out 4/15 in North America via Cadence Music.