Jon Stancer has recently released his new version of Neil Young’s “Comes A Time.” The Toronto singer-songwriter has transformed the Young classic into a lush, Beatles-esque anthem for our uncertain times. The new single follows closely on the heels of Stancer’s other single release for this summer, “Chase The Moon.” The two new singles are likely a preview of the follow-up to his 2017 LP, For The Birds.
Explaining why he chose to reimagine “Comes A Time” Stancer says; “I’ve always revered Neil Young, and I’ve been singing this and many other songs of his throughout my life. I had been doing this one a little differently though, and I liked the feel of it enough to try to record a version of it. I was just kind of chipping away at it for fun, as an exercise and as a diversion when I didn’t feel like working on my own songs.”
Stancer put “Comes A Time” together with his frequent co-producer Jono Grant. The duo was forced to work remotely due to social distancing restrictions. After exchanging some overdubs and mixes, Stancer was thrilled with the final results and wanted to share it with those who may not have heard the song before, or would appreciate a different perspective on it.
“For me, there’s an overall sense of beauty and awe about this song, but with a tinge of what feels like a warning or caution – even in the upbeat, countrified original version.” says Stancer “This is a less gleeful, perhaps more dramatic rendering, likely a reflection of how the world has looked and felt to me the last few years. There is an air of disquietude to it.”
“Comes A Time” is available today on all digital platforms and on Stancer’s official Bandcamp page.
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