Vagabon—real name Laetitia Tamko—has collaborated with Courtney Barnett on a cover of the Tim Hardin classic “Reason to Believe.”
The 1965 Hardin song has been covered by a slew of artists, including Karen Dalton—whose version Vagabon became “obsessed” with. “A few days after discovering it, I was encouraged to record a cover of it in my garage,” she explained.
“The decision to have Courtney sing it with me came after we performed it together live at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day 2020, a month before lockdown. It was fresh in our brains then so not long after the show, CB came over and we recorded her parts. Oliver Hill plays slide guitar on it.”
Barnett added, “I’m a huge fan of Vagabon and Karen Dalton so this was a dream. They both have a voice that absolutely knocks the wind out of me. I really admire Laetitia and am constantly inspired by her songwriting, production, and our sporadic FaceTime chats.”
This is the latest Vagabon release following “Home Soon,” which was featured in the film Antebellum. Her last full-length was 2019’s Vagabon. Barnett, on the other hand, linked up with Phoebe Bridgers on a live, remote cover of Gillian Welch’s “Everything is Free” in August.
Watch Vagabon and Barnett cover “Reason to Believe” here: