Triple J’s beloved Like A Version series, where artists both local and international alike come into the Triple J studios to make their mark on their favourite tunes, has been on a serious roll this year. We reckon their next annual Like A Version compilation album will be one of the best yet.
Last week we wrote about a seriously important LAV cover that everyone ought to watch, but it seems everyone’s been impressing us. We’ve seen an awesome alt-rock mash-up, #1 Dads giving FKA twigs a serious run for her money, Hiatus Kaiyote blowing us away, Oscar Key Sung’s ambitious Jamie xx rework, and we were blown way by Clowns’ raw as hell cover of an Aussie classic.
The winning streak continues with a delicate, shimmering, and understated cover from Brisbane singer-songwriter Jarryd James, who presented his take on Weezer’s 1995 alt-rock classic ‘Say It Ain’t So’, replacing the grungy guitars of the original with slick mellotron and chunky bass.
As readers can see in the embed below, James truly makes the track his own, weaving his silky falsetto through the cover’s sparse instrumentation. If you’ve never heard the original, you’d swear it was a syrupy soul tune all along.