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LISTEN: Julia Jacklin and RVG cover Björk’s ‘Army of Me’

Australian music icons, Julia Jacklin and RVG, have released a cover of Björk’s 1995 hit Army of Me.

The collaboration was made to be included as a part of Melbourne’s RISING: SINGLES CLUB.

It’s a creative project which sees several Aussie artists recording covers of “lunar-themed tunes”, or as their website puts it: “A series of specially commissioned, celestial space jams, from some of our favourite musicians.”

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Jacklin’s and RVG’s cover is the sixth entry in the project. Impressively, the track was recorded in a single day.

Listen to Julia Jacklin and RVG’s cover of ‘Army Of Me’ below.

When asked about the cover, Jacklin had this to say:

“I just love Björk, and I love RVG. I was running on a treadmill which I don’t do very often, and I was listening to ‘Army of Me’ over and over again to make me feel stronger than I am,” Jacklin said.

“Then I thought why not try and cover this song with another artist that makes me feel stronger than I am and I did! Was a good musical punch in the face to wake me up from a year of living a very small quiet life.”

“RVG are one of my favourite bands in the whole world and it was just a real blessing to spend some time with them making music.”

The Melbourne-based RVG also had nothing but good things to say about Jacklin.

We adore Julia’s music and were thrilled when she asked us to do a precious Björk song with her. I think we all wanted to challenge ourselves to be as intuitive as possible.”

The cover has been receiving nothing but praise, with one outlet describing it as: “a powerful rework, combining the intensity and frenetic energy of the classic with Julia and RVG’s own distinctive sound”.

Apart from being a part of the RISING: SINGLES CLUB, the track is also a welcome addition to the discographies of Jacklin and RVG, whose performances at Melbourne’s RISING Festival were cancelled this week following Victoria’s lockdown.

Before Army of One, Jacklin released a Christmas song, and RVG released their album Feral.