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Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ Gets Country Tinged Cover From Sturgill Simpson

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One sign of a great song is how it can translate in a variety of arrangements or genres, and it’s safe to say that Nirvana fans are getting a new perspective on the classic “In Bloom” thanks to country artist Sturgill Simpson. The singer just released his cover of the track, complete with a visually intriguing video courtesy of director Matt Mahurin.

Gone is the plodding verses and heavy crashes in the chorus, and in its place is Simpson moving the song along with a twang in his voice and a more melodic sounding rendition that’s in line with a country ballad. Add in the surprise horn section and Simpson’s cover of “In Bloom” works surprisingly well while allowing even more focus on the lyrics that Kurt Cobain initially wrote.

Meanwhile, the Mahurin-directed video also strikes a chord, as a young boy’s neighborhood is tormented by a dark and hairy creature. But it just so happens this boy has a cannon for a head, something he’s able to put to use when he defends his neighborhood tracking the creature to the sea. Watch the video in full above.

Simpson recently told Rolling Stone, “I remember in seventh or eighth grade when that album dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom. For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate — he doesn’t have to be tough or cold to be a man. I wanted to make a very beautiful and pure homage to Kurt.”

The cover of “In Bloom” appears on Simpson’s third studio album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which is due on April 15. You can currently pre-order the disc via iTunes, where “In Bloom” is also available for purchase as well. There are also a number of bundle options available at Simpson’s online store.

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