Steven Wilson has released a new video of him covering Taylor Swift’s “The Last Great American Dynasty” as part of his ‘The Future Bites Sessions’ project. The track is taken from Swift’s Folklore album, the first of two she released in 2020. You can check out Wilson’s version of “The Last Great American Dynasty” below.
“My final TFB session track of 2020 is something a bit different,” says Wilson. To mark the end of the year I wanted to do a cover of someone else’s song from 2020 rather than one of mine, and I’ve chosen one from Taylor Swift’s fantastic Folklore album. This is a story-telling song with brilliant lyrics, and rather a lot of them. In fact it might be the most words I’ve ever had to sing in three and half minutes, which is why you’ll see me reading them off a cheat-sheet!
“My version [of “The Last Great American Dynasty”] is pretty faithful, maybe a bit too much, but in the spirit of the session concept it was learned and recorded quickly. Plus it just sounded so good the way she did it. Happy New Year to you all, and best wishes for a wonderful 2021.”
The intimate performance is the fourth in Wilson’s current series, which has also included renditions of “King Ghost” from The Future Bites, Porcupine Tree’s “Collapse The Light Into Earth”, “Significant Other” (originally from Wilsons solo debut Insurgentes), “12 Things I Forgot” (with Gary Kemp) and “Drown With Me.”
Wilson releases his hotly-anticipated sixth studio album, The Future Bites on January 29, 2021. The album was recorded in London and co-produced by Wilson and David Kosten, while Wilson – in conjunction with Baby and Crystal Spotlight – created an online store designed to be “accessible and addictive to anyone from the casual fan to the hardcore collector.”
The Future Bites is described as “an exploration of how the human brain has evolved in the internet era,” and “an online portal to a world of high concept design custom built for the ultra-modern consumer.”
The Future Bites is out on January 29 and can be pre-ordered here.