Ilsey Covers Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" with Bon Iver

BY Emilie Richardson-DupuisPublished Jun 2, 2023

Ilsey and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon are giving Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" new life with their cover, which was mixed and produced by BJ Burton, Vernon's long-time collaborator. 

"This song has always spoken to me in a deep, personal way," Ilsey said in a press release. "There's something about the plaintive melody and the simple, evocative lyrics that go straight to the heart of what we all feel.

"The image of a miner searching for a precious metal — searching for love, connection, something true… It's a difficult, often frustrating process, but the reward is so worth it. I kept coming back to the thought and the song. I listened on repeat one day before meeting up with Justin and BJ and it just felt right to see if we could play it in a new way that felt like us, and would do it justice."

Isley and Vernon previously collaborated on Big Red Machine's "Mimi." 

Check out their cover of "Heart of Gold" below.

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