Listen to James Blake cover Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’
James Blake has gifted fans a studio recording of Don McLean’s “Vincent,” a frequent addition to his live sets over the past year. Alongside the track, the producer also posted a video of himself recording the cover live at Los Angeles’ Conway Studios earlier this month.
McLean’s original was written in tribute to Vincent Van Gogh and originally appeared on his 1971 LP American Pie. While the track’s not an outright holiday song, it does make mention of a “starry, starry, night,” which is befitting both as an ode to the late painter and as one to the warm, inviting air of the holidays.