“My reinterpretation of the classic Ryan Adams album 1989,” Josh Tillman captioned the track. The audio was also accompanied by an edit of The Velvet Underground & Nico‘s iconic album cover that had 1989 emblazoned next to the banana.
For his cover, Tillman channeled Velvet frontman Lou Reed, adding Reed’s conversational drawl over the strum of an acoustic guitar. His cover hones in on the folky-rambling sound of Reed during his Velvet Underground years, as heard on songs like “Heroin.”
Adams recently released his stripped-down take on 1989, originally announcing the endeavor last month and slowly previewing his covers on Instagram and Twitter ever since. The alt-country star has had Swift’s support along the way. “Ryan’s music helped shape my songwriting,” she tweeted last week. “This is surreal and dreamlike.”
Adams revealed to Rolling Stone that he’s a huge fan of Swift’s music. The pair worked together on an as-yet-unreleased demo a few years ago when the pop star visited Adams’ Pax-Am studio looking for help finishing a track.
After 1989 came out, he spent all winter obsessing over it. “I was listening to that record and thinking, ‘I Hear more,'” he told Rolling Stone. “Not that there was anything missing. I would just think about the sentiments in the songs and the configurations. It wasn’t like I changed them because they needed changing, but I knew that if I sang them from my perspective and in my voice, they would transform. I thought, ‘Let me record 1989 like it was Bruce Springsteens’s Nebraska.'”