Jon Hopkins announced a new EP coming out next week, a collection of covers called Piano Versions. Coming through Domino on April 16, it contains the cover of Thom Yorke’s “Dawn Chorus,” which Hopkins released in December. Check out the producer’s take on Roger and Brian Eno’s “Wintergreen” below.
Hopkins shared a statement on the material he was putting together to complement his 2014 EP Asleep Versions:
Piano Versions consists of four minimal ambient piano covers of songs that I’ve loved for a long time and that come from very different places. It seems to me that melody is universal and those that I really associate to shine, regardless of genre or context, be it techno, folk or whatever. I just found it that my old piano was the center of an entire record for the first time. But the importance of including the outside world in the recordings is as present to me as ever, so there are layers of background noise, birdsong and the sound of someone washing themselves up in the studio kitchen – whatever was going on outside of my room, is included and even accented. I want people not only to hear the recordings, but also to feel how it felt to be there and do it. It was a deep experience.
Piano Versions is Hopkins’ first new venture since his 2018 LP Singularity, though he’s released a handful of one-off songs since then. He worked with Kelly Lee Owens on Luminous Spaces in 2019 before releasing Scene Suspended and Singing Bowl (Ascension) last year.