Have you made it as an artist even if you don’t sing in a made-up language for a while? Sims game? There is a proud tradition of popular musicians such as Carly Rae Jepsen of Janelle Monaec re-record songs in Simlish, the in-game language of The Sims, and now the celebrated alternative artist Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner) join their ranks with a cover of her single “Be Sweet” for The Sims 4 House Living.
Zauner’s song is summery and eminently danceable, and it feels exactly the same under a trailer with more features for The Sims 4, even with the chorus transformed into “Ya wana baleesh da voo ya wana baleeeeeeeeesh”. It’s also wonderfully strange how all the covers are in “Simlish” – I just love hearing famous musicians sing nonsense! View the song in English (with a X files inspired music video) for a better comparison:
Simlish is a deliberately cultivated form of baby talk, which relies more on rhythm, emotion and cadence than on direct translation from one language to another, according to The Sims’ developers. There’s just something weird about hearing a song you love filtered through The Sims’ almost understandable, but totally unfathomable digital gibberish. It’s even weirder to see it happen in person, like in this now infamous video from Katy Perry:
Lending some talent to a classic life simulation game isn’t Zauner’s only foray into video games, either. The artist is also compose music for saber, an upcoming Xbox and PC open world game. We just learned at the Summer Games Fest that saber will be released later this year on September 23, 2021.