Required Listening: Circa Survive – “Scentless Apprentice” (Nirvana Cover)

It’s Record Store Day! We hope those of you who were able to shop this morning got out and did your part to celebrate and support the industry we’ve dedicated our lives to covering, but even if you left as soon as you woke up today there is a good chance you came home with a few items missing from your RSD wish list. We cannot help you acquire those records, but we can help you experience some of the music you may be missing.

Circa Survive were one of a dozen artists chosen to cover a song off Nirvana‘s In Utero for an exclusive RSD compilation. The album hit shelves this morning and quickly became a hard to find release, but we have managed to get our hands on a HQ copy of Circa’s “Scentless Apprentice” cover for your entertainment. You can stream the song below:

There will never be another Nirvana, but I think Circa Survive did this track justice. It’s very much rooted in the original, but there are hints of Circa’s more recent releases in the update as well. We will post additional songs from this compilation as they find their way online, but we admittedly have no idea when that will occur. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates.

Fun fact: “Scentless Apprentice” was inspired by Patrick Süskind’s exceptional 1985 novel (later adapted into an equally amazing film of the same name), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. This was one of Kurt Cobain’s favorite books and he was known to carry it around with him often. You can watch an interview with Cobain below that opens with him discussing the book.

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