Taking to Instagram Live, Tweedy shared an intimate rendition of the track. Seated in front of some colourful curtains, Tweedy delivers an acoustic performance. While Tweedy strips back the tune significantly, he still stays true to the original’s dreamlike sound.
Upon discovering Tweedy’s cover, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner shared an Instagram post about her excitement. “Words can’t begin to express how mind blowing it is to discover this vid of Jeff Tweedy covering Kokomo, IN,” Zauner writes. “Wilco has been such a huge influence on my music for so many years.”
Watch a clip of Tweedy’s cover of “Kokomo, IN” and read Zauner’s response below.
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Tweedy offers up some perfectly restrained vocals. This adds a lovely twist to the lyrics, as he sings, “If I could throw my arms around you/ For just another day, maybe it’d feel like the first time/ Now that you’re away, I’ll just spend my life not knowing/ How it’d feel to.”
While the track is definitely a standout on Japanese Breakfast’s recent album, the entire record is a must-listen. On Jubilee, Japanese Breakfast channels joy and optimism.
Opening with the absolutely exuberant “Paprika,” which comes packed with Beirut-esque instrumentals, Japanese Breakfast is ready to start a new chapter. This time it’s all about creating pure joy. Previously release singles “Be Sweet,” “Posing In Bondage,” and “Savage Good Boy” lean in to a sort of deeper groove. But, this album features a perfect balance of explosive anthems, sentimental ballads, and euphoric hooks.