Angel Olsen and Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy recently covered Tom Petty’s “Walls” for the second edition of Olsen’s Cosmic Stream virtual gig.
Their stripped-down performance was filmed at the Masonic Temple in Asheville, North Carolina. The pair put a wistful spin on the 1996 Petty hit, swapping its original upbeat tempo for a laid-back acoustic arrangement. Duffy took the lead before Olsen jumped in on the second half, their voices melding in gorgeous harmony on the final chorus. “You got a heart so big / It could crush this town / And I can’t hold out forever / Even walls fall down,” they sing.
According to a press statement, Cosmic Stream is a series of “visual streaming experiences” presented by Olsen. The performances take place in unique venues across North Carolina and are shot by Olsen’s frequent collaborator Ashley Connor.
In April, Olsen debuted two new untitled songs live during a coronavirus benefit livestream concert from her home. Proceeds from the singer’s ticketed online solo concert benefited the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Effort as well as her touring band and crew. Meanwhile, Hand Habits released their sophomore album, Placeholder, last year.
Watch their cover of “Walls” below: