Here it is, everyone: Kurt Cobain’s first-ever solo single, 21 years after the Nirvana frontman took his own life. The song is called “Sappy,” and will be on Cobain’s upcoming solo album, Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings. Noticeably absent from the track are Dave Grohl’s blistering drums and Krist Novoselic’s unmistakeble bass. Instead, and almost fittingly, what we get is Cobain alone, on his guitar, strumming one of his signature riffs, and singing in an almost baritone, his generation-defining screams completely absent. It’s eerie to hear him again after all these years.
The song appeared briefly in Brett Morgen’s documentary Montage of Heck, and will also be available as a seven-inch that will contain Cobain’s Beatles cover, “And I Love Her.” As for the entire album, which is comprised of songs Morgen discovered while sifting through Cobain’s private tapes, it will be available on November 13. Listen to “Sappy” below.