NYC-based artist, blogger, and performer. A lover of thrifting, collector of Spotify playlists, and enthusiast of cheap wine.
One of the hardest feats in music is creating a solid and surprising cover. You don’t want to strip the original of its life while still showcasing your own uniqueness. There is no specific formula for achieving this, but many have tried and few have done so.
One of those successful artists would be the UK-based artist Lume. In collaboration with producer PALMR, they have taken on the indie beast of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love. Though it is a romantically soft song about heartache and moving on, it has garnered over 500 million listens on Spotify after gaining popularity in the early 2010s. Lume and PALMR have taken the bones of Skinny Love and used them to build a dynamic version that swells and releases like breaths. Lume breathes new life into Skinny Love, but PALMR adds that necessary kick to transform it into something entirely their own. Lume’s hypnotic vocals soar over PALMR’s electronic touch; not too much, not too little. They have managed to dig deep into the heart of the track and rearrange its parts into a new, and equally as intoxicating puzzle. I urge you to listen to their cover and see for yourself.