James Blake’s Soulful Cover Of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ Will Make You Softly Weep

You've never heard Nirvana like this before.

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For the last few months, while cooped up in lockdown, James Blake has been keeping himself and fans entertained by live streaming sets straight from his living room.

He’s covered a stack of songs, including Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’, Billie Eilish’s ‘when the party’s over’, and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer’. Now, he’s lent his distinct style to a Nirvana classic.

Blake offered his take on the band’s beloved track ‘Come As You Are’ while playing a piano improv gig over the weekend to raise money for The Loveland Foundation.

The cover, requested by a fan, is worlds away from the original, with Blake’s soulful vocals and piano filling up the space of Kurt’s hoarse roars.

Put simply, it’s gorgeous. Watch the cover below, and see the full performance over on Blake’s Instagram page.