Father John Misty covers Taylor Swift in the vein of The Velvet Underground – listen

Singer-songwriter responds to Ryan Adams' recent '1989' covers album

Singer-songwriter Father John Misty has responded to Ryan Adams‘ recent covers album of Taylor Swift‘s ‘1989’ LP by recording covers of the pop star in the vein of The Velvet Underground.

Adams released his full cover of ‘1989’ on Monday (September 21). Last night, Father John Misty (aka J Tillman) posted two cover versions to SoundCloud along with cover art imitating ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’.

Tillman wrote on Twitter, “My interpretation from the classic Ryan Adams album ‘1989’”. He later removed both his take of ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Welcome To New York’ hours later, as well as deleting the original tweet.

NME has approached Father John Misty’s press representatives regarding the removal of the material but has yet to receive a response.

However, you can hear Tillman’s rendition of ‘Blank Space’ below via YouTube.

Adams and Swift recently confirmed that they’ve worked together following the covers album.

Both speaking on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, the pair revealed that they have recorded together at Adams’ own PAX-AM studio. They also stated that they’d be open to collaborating again in the future.


Discussing the initial inspiration behind the project, Adams said, “I was going through a difficult time in my life and by the time Christmas rolled around, it was the first time I was back in LA during the holidays, alone, on my own.”

Swift added of the LP: “They’re not cover songs. They’re reimaginings of my songs, and you can tell that he was in a different place emotionally than I was. There’s this beautiful aching sadness and longing in this album that doesn’t exist in the original.”

Hear the full interview beneath.