Radio 1’s Live Lounge seems to revolve around Robyn these days. A couple weeks ago, she was on the show to perform her new single “Call Your Girlfriend”, and now Noah And The Whale has picked it for their mystery cover. The alt-folk band totally transformed the ebullient original into a Tom Petty-style track. They shouldn’t have bothered changing the words though, it could make a cool twist. Stream/download their take below.
Noah And The Whale – Call Your Boyfriend (Robyn Cover)
I don’t have much to say about their own output, except that “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” was quite a guilty pleasure of mine.
Fresh off the oven, here is Robyn‘s cover of Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”, which just aired on Radio 1’s Live Lounge with Fearne Cotton today. At first I thought it was an odd choice, as I think the original is not quite one of Coldplay’s finest moments, but I really do like Robyn’s synthy take of it. Then again, like Coldplay, she has always proudly worn her heart on sleeve. You see, it’s a good thing tears never show in a pouring waterfall… (okay that needs a bit work). I have ripped both the cover and the live performance of “Call Your Girlfriend” for your convenience. Download away!
I’m glad Radio 1 is supporting the new single, she deserves another bonafide hit. Have you seen the Greg James parody of the video yet? Good viral promotion!
As a bonus, I’ll throw in her earlier Live Lounge acoustic performance of “Dancing On My Own”. It’s a shame it wasn’t included on Body Talk to complete the acoustic trilogy. You can find it on the Live Lounge Vol. 5 comp, though.
Robyn is currently on tour with Katy Perry in the US.
Here at Pop Labyrinth, we love to discover new acts as well as to unearth rare, forgotten gems from time to time. Our new feature, Poprewind, is aimed to serve the latter’s purpose.
Not a lot is to be found of Paola Bruna on the interwebs. She released one sole album “Stockcity Girl” in 2002 that seems to have gone largely unnoticed, and these days, she… paints. In fact, only after finding out that Robyn‘s anthemic “Hang With Me” was actually a pseudo-cover of Paola’s, did I try to seek out her music. In its original form, the song was produced by her ex-husband, Robyn’s producer Klas Ahlund. Not present are the synth arpeggios, thumping beats and the soaring chorus, instead, it was simply a lovely ditty about the yearning for human connection. It’s certainly fascinating to discover the transformation of “Hang With Me” from this early take to Robyn’s. “Interstellar Love” is a lush downtempo pop tune, a great addition to any nightdriving playlist, with its blippy synths and a very catchy chorus. It’s slightly ruined by the automated voice bits which remind me of those Xtranormal ones, though. Another track, “Above The Candystore”, was used in the soundtrack of Spun, an independent film starring the late Brittany Murphy and Jason Schwartzman, along with a music video for it.
Paola’s album does have its pleasant moments. The production may sound somewhat dated at times, but as far as Scandinavian pop goes, there are some real treats here. The album is almost impossible to find a physical copy now, but you can stream/buy it digitally via the link below.