Have you made it yourself as an artist if you do not sing in a compound language to one Sims game? There is a proud tradition with popular musicians like Carly Rae Jepsen or Janelle Monáe resuming songs in Simlish, language in the game The Sims, and now the famous alternative artist Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner) is in their ranks with a cover of her single “Be Sweet” for The Sims 4 Cottage Living.
Zauner’s tracks are summer-y and extremely danceable, and it feels exactly the same under a trailer that has more features for The Sims 4, even with chorus transformed into “Ya wana baleesh da voo ya wana baleeeeeeeeesh”. It̵
Simlish is a deliberately cultivated kind of baby talk that relies more on rhythm, emotion and cadence than direct translation from one language to another, according to The Sims’ developers. There’s just something bizarre about hearing a song you love filtered through The Sims’ almost understandable, but completely indescribable digital chatter. It’s even weirder to see it happen in person, as in this now infamous Katy Perry video:
Lending talent to a classic life simulation game is also not Zauner’s only touch in video games. The artist also composes music for Sword, an upcoming Xbox and PC open world game. We just learned it at Summer Games Fest Sword comes later in the year September 23, 2021.