Anyone who has previously put together an album of covers and been astute enough to rework songs by Daniel Johnston and Phoebe Bridgers should be on everyone’s radar. But I’m not here to talk about that; it is The Ballad of a Broken Machine which is our concern here today, and what a great song it is.
Hushed and heavenly, a simple acoustic guitar and vocal delivery shot through with chiming and charming additional sonics and motifs but done so sparingly. It is a masterclass in understatement.
Purchase this and then work through the rest of his back catalogue. You can thank me later.