Singer/songwriter Jon Hopkins, has released a piano cover of “Dawn Chorus” by Thom Yorke. The track is accompanied by a visualizer. “Dawn Chorus” is off of Yorke’s recent album, Anima. Recorded in one take on the upright he’s had since childhood, Hopkins’ version of “Dawn Chorus” is a beautifully melancholic reinvention of the original.
“I felt such bliss the first time I heard this piece – it seemed so mysterious and hypnotic, oblique but warm,” says Hopkins. “I thought there was so much beauty in that chord sequence that there was room to explore it on the piano and see what grew from it. One day in early April when everything was particularly quiet and surreal outside, I went into my studio for the first time in weeks and ended up recording the whole thing in one take. I left it very raw and upfront, with just some sub bass and vocal drones in the background. The whole thing was done in a day and was a very cathartic experience.”
“Dawn Chorus” follows “Singing Bowl (Ascension),” which was premiered as part of a specially curated 24-hour long playlist for Spotify. Designed with deep meditation experiences in mind, the piece perfectly fits into Hopkins’ transcendent selections.