Zauner’s cover stays true to the original 2003 Michigan tune. The acoustic performance was recorded for Sirius XMU at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios. Maintaining Stevens’ gentle sounds, Zauner adds more lush sounds to “Romulus.”
Japanese Breakfast takes the original tune and truly leans into the piano lines while letting her vocals float through the tune. She also swaps out Stevens’ “Romulus” banjo line for some light acoustic guitar.
Listen to Japanese Breakfast’s cover of “Romulus” below.
Japanese Breakfast is no stranger to covers, as she recently performed her own rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again” live.
During her concert at the National in Richmond, Virginia, delivered an upbeat, bubbly cover of the tune. Taking to a keyboard, Japanese Breakfast performed beneath bright pink and blue lights.
Japanese Breakfast talked about the cover in her wellness diary in Vanity Fair:
“I struggle to learn a Dolly Parton cover with three key changes, but boy does it make me happy,” Zauner says. “I dare you to listen to ‘Here You Come Again’ without smiling.’”
Revisit that cover below.
— Meghin Moore ✨ (@meghin_) July 23, 2021