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Welcome to another edition of SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies and a new review of a goth, industrial, or dark alternative cover song!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

"Dark Alternative," as a catch-all for modern music that falls into the fringes of goth/industrial appeal, isn't any new concept. A number of great covers previously featured in this blog (by artists like School of Seven Bells, Emika, and Moon Talk) cross over into parallel styles that mirror the dark aesthetics of goth in very creative ways. These artists may not self-identify as "gothic," but the influences on specific portions of their discography are evident. Thus, for the purposes of inclusion, "dark alternative" is as much a part of this blog as it is in a variety of club nights where this music intermingles. Today's cover falls into that amorphous musical definition, beautifully earning its dwelling in the darkness:

Daniela Andrade x Dabin - Heartbeats
The Knife, a synthpop duo out of Sweden, released their single Heartbeats in December 2002 before their early 2003 album launch of Deep Cuts. This bouncy electronic club-hit was covered soon after that release by also-Swedish José González as an acoustic folk track. The Knife then struggled with the personal dilemma of allowing his cover of their song to by used in an advertisement for television products, because they didn't like the idea of their music being used to sell commercial goods. Ultimately they decided to permit it because it wasn't "them" performing the track on the ad and the additional income could benefit their label and their future projects.

The song has also been covered by a number of other artists from around the globe, though most frequently out of Europe. Today's cover, however, comes to us from Canada.

Daniela Andrade is clearly not goth. At. All. Her influences are primarily folk, R&B, and Gospel. Her music is largely acoustic and mostly covers of popular hits, though she has done a number of original compositions as well. Some of the artists she has covered include Radiohead, The XX, Gorillaz, and Sia. Teaming with EDM musician Dabin to do additional instrumentation, her cover of Heartbeats was released in November of 2014.

Recently, this cover was included on an episode of Supergirl, which I had playing in the background while I worked on my laptop. It stopped me cold and literally sent a chill through me. Within seconds, I had recognized the song, was awestruck and, quite frankly, brought to tears! (I don't know why that last bit happened, kind of weird, but let's move on from that. K?)

This is a remarkable and darkly beautiful interpretation of the original. Andrade's vocals are delicate, yet potent. The music, while seemingly simple at its core, is portentous and preternatural. The combination is emotionally evocative. (Didn't I just say let's move on from that?)

The Cover:

The Original:

Next week:
Even though this week featured a down-tempo cover, next week is still "Second Sunday Slowly" so the feature will be not only down-tempo, but also "appropriate" for the romantic holiday on which it is scheduled. [insert sly wink here]

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome!

I spin next on Valentine's Eve in RI for the annual Fetish Fair Fleamarket dance {play} party and on Valentine's Day in Cambridge. Click through to my schedule for links to details, advance tickets, and RSVPs. I am sure to play some of the covers featured here out there, especially upon request. ^_^

Explore the darkness,

Previous DisCOVERies

Jan 31 - Halovox - Fly on the Windscreen (Depeche Mode)
Jan 24 - XP8 - Nightlife (IAMX)
Jan 17 - David Bowie - Sorrow (The McCoys)
Jan. 10 - Unwoman - Careless Whisper (WHAM!)
Jan 03 - Columbine - Head Over Heels (Tears For Fears)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies


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