I missed this cover when Jónsi performed it on the BBC’s Live Lounge three months ago, and just found it today when I was doing my semi-annual trolling of their archives to see what cool stuff I’ve missed, over on this side of the pond.
The MGMT original is one of my favorites of their songs (and lends itself to one of my favorite pictures from Outside Lands in SF last year, above). For as stoically sweeping and epic-sounding as the source song is, Jónsi takes it and creates something wistful, ethereal, and completely gorgeous on the piano. You know, I never noticed the verse about all the things he’ll miss in the same way as I do now.
Time To Pretend (MGMT cover) – Jónsi
Time To Pretend – MGMT
Jónsi is on the international summer festival circuit this summer, and man alive do I wish I could see him. I missed him when he came through Denver, but his brilliant latest is one of my favorite albums so far this year, and he can soundtrack my imagination any day.