Japanese Breakfast did a Simlish cover for The Sims 4 because nonsense never gets old
Have you even succeeded as an artist if you don’t sing in an invented language for a Sims Thu? There is a proud tradition of popular musicians like Carly Rae Jepsen and Janelle Monáe re-recording songs in Simlish, the language of The sims, and now the famous alternative artist Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner) is join their ranks with a cover of his single “Be Sweet” for The Sims 4 Cottage Life.
Zauner’s track is summery and eminently dancing, and it’s the same under a trailer with more features for The Sims 4, even with the refrain transformed into “Ya wana baleesh da voo ya wana baleeeeeeeeesh”. It’s also delightfully odd about the way all the covers of “Simlish” are – I love to hear famous musicians singing nonsense! Discover the song in English (with a X-Files inspired music clip) for a better comparison:
Simlish is a kind of deliberately cultivated baby’s language, relying more on rhythm, emotion and cadence than direct translation from one language to another, according to The Sims’ developers. There’s just something weird about hearing a song you love filtered out The Sims’ digital babbling almost understandable, but totally impenetrable. It’s even stranger to see this happen in person, like in this now infamous Katy Perry video:
Lending talent to a classic life simulation game isn’t Zauner’s only foray into video games, either. The artist also composes music for Sable, an upcoming open world game on Xbox and PC. We just learned at Summer Games Fest that Sable will be released later this year on September 23, 2021.