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Here’s Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ like you’ve never heard it
A hard-to-cover song gets a modern update.
Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” is now 20-years-old, and though many bands have attempted to cover the song, it’s not an easy one to master.
Kawehi, a musician living in Lawrence, Kan., recently produced a cover worthy of praise, however. Using a looping setup, she performs all the parts of the song herself, and gives it a more modern update, while keeping the melody intact.
The song is part of a bigger Kickstarter effort for a project called Robot Heart, which was successfully funded earlier this month. According to the Kickstarter page, “every sound on the EP will be made from a machine of some sort, and all songs will be written from the perspective of a robot.” Those pledging $200 or more could ask for cover requests (with a video) and “Heart-Shaped Box” was her first delivery.
Kawehi’s produced other notable covers. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” from a female perspective, here you go:
H/T Esquire |Screengrab via Kawehi/Vimeo
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.