Lorde and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff performed a charming, stripped-back version of Paul Simon’s 72 hit “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival last Sunday.
The vocalists sat on the edge of the stage, legs dangling, as Antonoff strummed the folk-rock tune on his acoustic guitar. Lorde grinned wildly, danced by herself and held the microphone for their duet. Antonoff – who co-produced 10 out of 11 tracks on Lorde’s new LP. He closed the performance with a playful realignment of the chorus, singing, “Me and Ella in Golden Gate Park” in reference to Lorde’s real name and the festival.
Lorde’s Simon rendition is actually her latest in a number of live acoustic covers. She recently teamed with Tove Lo for a version associated with Martha Wainwright’s “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole” at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal.
Previously this month, a weather emergency forced Lollapalooza promoters to be to cancel Lorde’s headlining concert.