Prince died four years ago today. Among the many tributes today is I Could Have Loved U Better, a new Prince-inspired EP from School Of Language. Field Music’s David Brewis has often used his solo project for conceptual releases like last year’s Donald Trump-themed 45. Now he’s given us five impressively faithful imitations of the Purple One.
In a statement, Brewis explains:
It’s four years since Prince left us. Over these past few exceedingly odd weeks, I’ve been thinking about him; picturing him alone in the studio, running a drum machine through guitar pedals, layering vocals, churning out song after song, maybe with an engineer looking through the glass but nevertheless in a bubble of isolation. I couldn’t bring myself to cover his songs. I love the complete package — the playing and the production and the imperfections — just too much to tinker with. But I thought that maybe I could keep myself on the level by writing my own Prince songs. Maybe a little batch which would have been left in the vault back in ’81 because they sounded “too Prince” and he’d already moved on. So this is my little tribute. It’s a little bit silly, I’ll admit. But I made these little lockdown songs with a great deal of love, to repay a great deal of inspiration. And I had a lot of fun doing it.
Stream this cute tribute below.
I Could Have Loved U Better is out now. Buy it at Bandcamp for a price of your choosing.