The omnipresent breakout hit from Hozier has been reinterpreted countless ways, it seems. While many artists have brought something new to the table, here are three very different versions of the track that capture the chameleon-like nature of heartache.
Indie pop singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding opts for a stark and stripped ambient take on the tune, contrasting her delicate vocals with a surreal, dark backing as the chorus swells. One can envision Goulding at the altar of a small house of worship, holding court on a dreary Sunday morning.
Lucas Silveira (The Cliks)
The frontman of Toronto band The Cliks recently performed an acoustic version of the tune for FTM. Haunting and bluesy, Silveira’s take focuses on the vulnerability of the song and his voice complements the bitter in the sweet. Best suited for late-night listening by a solitary candle with red wine.
Sydney-based dance producer Nicholas Frost recently offered up a remix of the track, translating Hozier’s words to a softly pulsing, chill-out desperation. Unexpectedly, Hozier’s vocals fit nicely in this soundscape, enhancing the dark dreamy nature of the original. A pleasant surprise.
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