Father John Misty‘s tour recently traveled north of the border to Canada, where the I Love You, Honeybear singer sat down for CBC’s b.b. gun session at the Shed in Vancouver. Perhaps as tribute to one of Canada’s chief national exports, Father John Misty performed a delicate, acoustic rendition of Arcade Fire‘s “The Suburbs” to an intimate audience of 25 people.
Father John Misty’s “The Suburbs” cover comes after the singer dropped a haunting rendition of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” for Valentine’s Day. In recent months, the singer known as J. Tillman has also performed songs by Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens and Johnny Cash, Pitchfork reports. In Rolling Stone‘s “The Music That Made Me” feature, Father John Misty opened up about the songs that have inspired him, from a Fifties Italian chanteuse named Nilla Pizzi to Neil Young’s “On the Beach” to actor Jeff Bridges’ recent Sleeping Tapes.
Following the release of I Love You, Honeybear, Rolling Stone spoke to Father John Misty about his cutting, ironic and self-criticizing lyrics. “There’s a lot of meta in my songs — when I’m writing, I can’t avoid the fact that I’m writing,” Tillman said.
The singer will perform at British Columbia’s Pemberton Festival this July before heading back south for a summer jaunt that features stops at Lollapalooza, Boston Calling, Austin City Limits fest and San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival. The long trek in support of Tillman’s new album will wrap up November 22nd in Mexico City.