Tom Krell of How To Dress Well‘s cover of Smog’s desolate, lonely 1998 song “Teenage Spaceship” is a richly textured, slow-moving beauty, full of delicate wisps of vocal and hazy melodies.
From Tom Krell:
so, aaron and i made this lil recording on tour last year.
we started recording the music on a day off between shows in sydney and kuala lumpur. we did all the music in that hotel room in K.L. and then watched ‘the fan’ on tv it was tite. then like some months later i recorded the vocals in a hotel room in warsaw. i remember we had played a totally inspiring show in poznan the night before at the most beautiful gallery space and then got to warsaw i had just had a shower and there was a rihanna billboard out the window and i just felt GREAT. i went to the window, which was on the fourth story, and had a moment of really intense vertigo. then i laid down on the bed and i sang this song, which i love.
the beauty of bill callahan’s original song is unmatched—— this is just an attempt to do honor to one of the greatest songs i’ve ever known.
(ps the whole thing was recorded on built-in laptop mics and isn’t mastered or anything.)
Listen to the cover and the original below.