By: Staff –
Sharon Van Etten and Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) have collaborated on a cover of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?,” which premiered last week in Hulu’s new TV series, The Great. Today, they present the song’s video, directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin. Filmed in quarantine, it features heartening clips of Van Etten and Homme with their families, as well as glimpses of Nick Lowe and Zach Dawes. Throughout the track, Van Etten’s magnetic voice intertwines with Homme’s over slide guitar and laid-back percussion. As the instrumentation quickens, their vocals swell into a theatrical climax. Joshua Homme explains their collaboration further:
“I went to a Courtney Barnett Valentine’s Day concert that Sharon Van Etten was playing as one of a veritable buffet of musicians. She opened her mouth and my mind exploded—that voice, like fresh cream… with a hint of fine grit. When a week later the opportunity arose to sing with her, I jumped at it. This was of course before we had any idea that the world would be going into hiding for months. Recording this song had nothing to do with what we’d be going through… until we started going through it. In these times, it’s a blessing to feel lucky even for a moment… and I feel lucky to have been able to work with Sharon, Zach Dawes, Michael Shuman, Matthew Siskin and our families.
When you’re shooting at home you start out shooting only what you love. Then you get tired and stop. This video doesn’t deal with anything outside of what’s happening within its own little world we created — only what’s happening inside two households connected by what they love the most, nothing more.”