Listen: James Blake covers Simon & Garfunkle’s The Sound of Silence

Listen: James Blake covers Simon & Garfunkle’s The Sound of Silence

A graceful, moving cover of the folk classic.

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and James Blake had a casual hangout on BBC Radio 1 last night as part of Blake's residency with his 1800-Dinosaur label crew. The two bantered about Blake bringing the 1800 boys to throwdown at Vernon's hometown music festival in Wisconsin, Eaux Claires (watch a recent set by Bon Iver at the festival here), before James casually whipped out an insanely stunning, delicate cover of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s 1964 folk classic The Sound of Silence.

The sparse, melancholy folk track transitions well into Blake's minimalist, emotive style, and Blake's voice is every bit as classic as Simon’s. The singer made the situation even more moving by dedicating his cover friend that had passed.

We could go on, but chances are you’ve pressed play and you’re now having trouble reading your blurry screen with all those tears in your eyes.

Listen to the cover below, and the boys’ show here here via the BBC.

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