After Ryan Adams released his full album of 1989 covers, Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) followed suit, and dropped covers of “Blank Space” and “Welcome To New York” in the style of the Velvet Underground. He offered no introduction other than saying, “My reinterpretation of the classic Ryan Adams album 1989.” But, the tracks were removed from SoundCloud later that day without an explanation.
Tuesday, Tillman issued a lengthy statement on why he pulled the tracks: Lou Reed came to him in a dream. “Down inside the blob I could see thousands of familiar faces and one of them was Lou Reed on a catwalk hand-cuffed to supermodels who had adopted babies handcuffed to them and Lou said, ‘Delete those tracks, don’t summon the dead, I am not your plaything. The collection of souls is an expensive pastime,'” Tillman said. “Then I woke up.”
A source also tells EW that “he was just having fun in the moment.”
Tillman’s full statement is reprinted below.