Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of legendary Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain and grunge rocker Courtney Love, released a preview of her first original song. Posted on Instagram, the preview was released on the 24th anniversary of her father’s death. In the brief clip, Cobain sings in a flexible, powerful voice, showing the full range of her vocal potential. Beginning with a quieter, more solemn style, as the video goes on, Cobain sings in a more emotive, urgent tone. The clip is presented without instrumental accompaniment.
While the subject of the song is not readily apparent, reviewers believe it is about her father given the timing of the release on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. The elder Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound when Frances was only a year old. Religious themes are also present in the clip, with Cobain singing, “I think I saw you when I was small/I think I found you, a penny for your good thoughts/ I think I found you, Jesus hangs in your place on the cross.” Prior to the release of this clip, Cobain has never shared any original songs she has worked on, although she has posted clips of her singing covers of songs by other artists, notably Jimmy Eat World and Leonard Cohen.
Cobain first mentioned an interest in writing original songs in a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone. Cobain confessed that writing original content seemed like a daunting task, but that the hardest part was finding the creativity and ambition to actually begin the writing process. Cobain echoed these same sentiments in a caption with her Instagram post, telling fans that she does not have a TV in her house to avoid anything that might distract her from her music. In addition to her aspiring music career, Cobain is also a well known artist and designer.