‘The Story’ was originally released by Carlile in 2017, as part of her album by the same name. Zauner’s version was recorded as part of a new campaign for clothing brand, the North Face and was recorded at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios.
“It’s a bit intimidating because there’s a lot of belting, which is typically not my wheelhouse,” Zauner told WWD about the track. “I wanted to create a stripped-down version that relied more on an acoustic guitar and a really beautiful string arrangement and a strong vocal performance.”
She added: “Luckily, I had the opportunity to record it at Electric Lady Studios in New York. I feel like the key to recording these arrangements really well is to perform them — it’s really served by performing in a very high-quality studio with a really talented engineer.”
“It was a joy to take on the iconic ballad, ‘The Story,’” Japanese Breakfast shared in a separate statement. “I think the song captures the depths of human tenacity and the spirit of the journey so well. We wanted to keep our rendition sparse and acoustic. A beautiful string arrangement written by Craig Hendrix and performed by our violinist, Molly Germer, and Quartet 121 soars in to sweep you up to the mountains.”
In a four-star review of the gig, NME wrote that although “Zauner may not immediately emulate the same raucous and brash energy as her line-up counterparts, the emotions lacing her lyricism, and even the exasperated and excited vocal delivery she graces ears with during the refrain of ‘Everybody Wants To Love You’ are a forewarning of the night’s passionate headline set.”
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