Years & Years – Both Sides Now
Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander has covered Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ for Torch Songs, a new campaign launched by CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide) to celebrate the therapeutic power of music.
The singer launched the campaign by discussing the personal importance of Mitchell’s music. “At thirteen I taught myself piano from an old song book and Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ was the first song I learned,” he said, “That’s the reason I chose to cover the song… I love how she’s so vulnerable, she sounds so wise and poetic and exposed.’’
Torch Songs is being championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, and will see other artists including The Vaccines and Twin Atlantic contribute their own covers to the campaign, which will continue into 2017.
You can listen to the Years & Years’ take on the Joni Mitchell classic ‘Both Sides Now’ below in our Downtempo Daily Playlist.