Valerie June Covers Frank Ocean’s ‘Godspeed’ For New Covers EP

Valerie June is soulful and moving as she dives deep into her own rendition of Frank Ocean’s ‘Godspeed’, the latest release from her recently announced EP Sheltered. The 8-track project, slated for release August 26, will showcase the country-soul crooner’s elasticity to make her own cross-genre cuts.

“This love will keep us through the blinded eyes,” June sings with conviction. “Silence in the ears, darkness in the mind.”

Sheltered finds the Tennessee singer-songwriter tackling the releases of Mazzy Star (“Fade Into You”), Gillian Welch (“Look at Miss Ohio”), Bob Dylan (“Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You “), Joe South (“Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home”), and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (“Into My Arms”).

The project will also host previously released and enhanced June renditions of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon,” both of which appeared as bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of the singer’s 2021 studio album. . The Moon and the Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers.

“I know I’m always going to sound country listening to myself talk, but I can sing whatever I want,” June said. The Guardian Last year. Her talent for blending songs into her own unique tone was carefully shaped as she grew up in church, hearing hundreds of songs from the songbook. “We knew a lot of different tones and textures in the layers of songs and how to use our voices as an instrument. I think that’s why I hear voices first when I make music.

Kenneth T. Shippee