Published Dec 19, 2018Vancouver's Nicholas Krgovich recently explored a particularly painful breakup with his "OUCH" LP, but he's not the only pop great discussing love lost through music. Embracing the parallels between their subject matter, Krgovich has now released a cover of Ariana Grande's viral breakup jam "thank u, next."
As always, Krgovich shared a lengthy statement to offer plenty of background and insight about the cover:
On November 3rd I was driving along the 5 through Washington and Oregon. It was grey and rainy the whole trip. I listened to "Sa" by Jonathan Richman, the new Mega Bog, a bit of the new Cypress Hill, kneejerking-ly blasted Incesticide which I hadn't heard in a million years while passing through Aberdeen. At one point I pulled over for gas and checked my phone and had a bunch of DM's from friends and other people asking me if I'd heard the new Ariana Grande song — all remarking on the eerie thematic parallels between it and this album I had just put out called OUCH. So, after I filled the tank I put it on and listened to it twice. While it was playing the second time I got two more messages from people, one of them my boyfriend, suggesting that I cover it. And that was that, I had a fun assignment.
I made the track quickly at home, using a similar palette to what's found on OUCH, borrowed drum samples from Owen Ashworth, some spare sax and flute takes I had from Joseph Shabason. Louise Burns came over to do some singing (she already knew all the words and the tricky phrasing!) and Sydney Hermant came by to sing as well, wearing a ponytail hair extension leftover from her daughter's Ariana Grande Halloween costume. Oh! Her daughter Gloria did the beautiful artwork that starts off the video. When I put that part together it reminded me of the end of Andrei Rublev.
I had the idea for the video while in the shower. At that point the song had already been out for a few weeks and I was like "I bet YouTube is full of people covering and karaoke-ing this by now." So I gave it a goog' and it was true. I ripped a bunch of them and stitched them together while slowly drinking coffee. This is such a weird song to cover, to have captured the hearts of millions, are people even thinking about what they're singing while they're singing this? Or does the song just blast some sort of universal glow despite all the details that fill the lyric sheet? I have no idea.
Dig into Krgovich's "thank u, next" cover below.