James Blake + Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Cover Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’
James Blake appeared on BBC Radio 1 Residency where he was joined by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Together, the pair performed a wistful cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence.” Listen to their version in the video above then compare it to the original at the bottom of the page.
Blake and Vernon also sat down for an interview during which they discussed the possibility of the Overgrown singer playing the second-annual installment of Vernon’s Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin.
Blake is expected to return with his third full-length, Radio Silence; however, the album has yet to receive a release date. The English singer-songwriter debuted the album’s title track during his set at Latitude Festival over the summer. He’s also shared “200 Press” and “Building It Still” since 2013’s Overgrown, but it’s not clear if those songs will be included on Radio Silence’s track list. What we do know is the album will feature contrbutions from Vernon and Kanye West.
It’s been four years since Bon Iver released his eponymous sophomore effort. In the meantime, he’s collaborated with not only Blake, but also Megafaun’s Phil Cook, the National, Sufjan Stevens, West and Sharon Van Etten.