Posted April 3, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Amber Mark Covers Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’

Amber Mark
Amber Mark

New York-based singer-songwriter and producer Amber Mark has just released a soulful cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” as part of Covered-19, a series of covers and originals to be released over the coming weeks.

Every fortnight during this lockdown, Mark will release a new track entirely self-produced and recorded at her New York flat.

She’ll also issue a homemade visual.

“For me, making music in the Covid-19 quarantine has probably been the only positive to come out of a tragedy like this,” she says in a statement. “All the pressure I normally feel when working on music is lifted. And I just have this ‘f**k it’ mentality. People get to really see you in your most bare state and vice versa. That’s the beauty in the music I’m making right now. It’s just me whipping up whatever I’m feeling. Keeping it minimal has been the key mentality for me and just having fun with it. I used to stress so much about visuals and the message I was sending with my music. I’ve learned a lot about myself already during the quarantine. And hope to keep this mentality going when all of this is finally over.”

Alongside “Heart-Shaped Box,” Mark also recently released a short cover of the Who’s “The Seeker.” The Who’s Pete Townshend took notice and reportedly said, “I’m in shock. So cool. Thank you. You made this your own.”.

The model-esque Mark is also a face of Calvin Klein’s new spring campaign.


Jeff started writing about rock ’n’ roll some 20 years ago when he stood in the pouring rain to hitch hike his way to see R.E.M. on their Life’s Rich Pageant tour. Since that time, he's written for various daily newspapers, alt-weeklies, magazines and websites. Feel free to comment on his posts or suggest music, film and art to him at [email protected].