Gina Mei
May 06, 2015 7:04 am

Earlier this week, Vance Joy posted a gorgeous acoustic cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Know Places,” in honor of the fact that he will be touring alongside her this year for the majority of her 1989 World Tour.

While the original is a catchy pop wonderland, the Australian singer-songwriter turns it into a haunting love ballad that we can’t get enough of. The cover is an absolute dream, and the video feels so intimate, making it a perfect match to his soulful vocals and guitar.

Of course, the cover feels extra sweet given that just last October, Swift herself covered Joy’s hit song “Riptide” on BBC1’s Live Lounge — further proof of their mutual admiration and respect for one another’s work. Swift’s cover was a bare bones interpretation of the tune, replacing Joy’s upbeat guitar with heartfelt piano and slowing the whole thing down to a croon. It was absolutely lovely, and is well worth a listen if you haven’t heard it already.

And when Swift got word of Joy’s new cover, her response was overwhelmingly positive: T-Swift absolutely loved it, and took to Twitter to express her feelings.

That’s high praise coming from Swift, who we know for a fact has an absurd amount of talented friends very capable of laying it down. (Have you seen Charli XCX’s rendition of “Shake It Off”? Or Ed Sheeran’s cover of “I Knew You Were Trouble”? Or Louisa Wendorff and Devin Dawson’s mash-up of “Blank Space” and “Style”? The list goes on.) Either way, we’ll be keeping this cover of an already amazing song on repeat.

Give the tune a listen for yourself below.

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