Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of The Americans’ version of Joanna Newsom’s song “You Will Not Take My Heart Alive.” The song was tracked by Tim Carr, mixed by Patrick Ferris, and arranged by The Americans.
“You Will Not Take My Heart Alive” is Patrick Ferris on vocals and guitar; Zac Sokolow on guitar; Jake Faulkner on bass; and Tim Carr on drums and keyboard.
The video was directed by Jillian Martin (untitled.tv/jillian-martin-1), and edited with digital production by Robert Dalsey. With notable, signature restraint, The Americans deliver music that draws you all the way in and holds your attention start to finish. In a very different approach from Newsom’s style, The Americans really succeeded in making this song their own.
Joanna Newsom’s songs are like once-forgotten dreams, recalled suddenly with staggering impact. She ought to be credited as the greatest songwriter of her generation. — Patrick Ferris