The Republic of Wolves recently posted a cover of Bon Iver’s latest track, “Heavenly Father,” from the “Wish I Was Here” soundtrack. I’m not a huge fan of Bon Iver (or Zach Braff for that matter), and I didn’t care for “Heavenly Father” much at all. The loop that Justin Vernon used for the background kind of grates on my senses and detracts from my ability to appreciate the vocals. But strip away the loop, add in a simple acoustic guitar, and it’s a whole new song that manages to sound a lot cleaner than the original. Sure, the vocals here may not be quite as haunting, emotive or impressive in range as Vernon’s, but they work well within the context of the stripped down, solo acoustic landscape of this cover.
Stream it below: