J. Tillman- World on a String
Someone who’s relationship to music is solely listening to it may have a hard time understanding the impetus for “covering”, and I can understand why someone could see it as unnecessary/narcissistic, but, to me, performing and recording a song yourself can lend a whole new perspective into why you love it. I view [it] as a natural extension.
Where does Josh Tillman find the time? He’s still a young guy, but he’s got several albums out, including last year’s incredible Singing Ax. And he’s done two albums with Fleet Foxes now, and a few EPs thrown in. There’s a fantastic demo cassette floating around the internet, as well as his cover album of Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night, from which this track is taken.
In a way, I guess he’s a bit like Neil Young himself, who put out an extraordinary number of albums and collaborative projects, especially in his younger days. Both men have uncanny melodic talents in songwriting, and they share the ability to play sparse solo works and full band arrangements well. What’s more impressive is that they both possess the sort of voices that are so distinctive, beautiful, and dynamic that their work never gets monotonous or predictable.
Obviously, Tillman is aware of Neil Young, but is Neil Young aware of Tillman? I’m inclined to think so, since he’s always taken so much interest in the younger generations of musicians.
I’ve posted this link before, but hey, I’ll do it again: Get your own copy of the cover album here.