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Sondre Lerche covers Sia’s “Chandelier” — listen

Sondre Lerche covers Sia's "Chandelier"
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Last December, Sondre Lerche presented us with an early Christmas gift with his cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. This year, the Norwegian singer-songwriter celebrates the giving season once more, tackling yet another powerhouse hit (and our #5 pick for Top Songs of 2014) in Sia’s “Chandelier”.

Rather than utilize Sia’s explosive, no-holds-barred approach, Lerche’s version is decidedly more mellow and sparse. His voice sounds like a distant specter, hesitant to be so emotionally bare and raw, while the instrumentation wavers between silence and woozy, experimental whirrs. According to Lerche (via Stereogum), he chose to cover the Grammy-nominated “Chandelier” because he “was curious what might happen if a male singer sang those words of desperation and self-analysis, instead of passing judgement on a troubled party girl.”

He added, “As overtly sensitive and desperately earnest as the male singer/songwriter has gotten in our time, it still seems unusual for a man to expose vulnerabilities in the way that Sia does in her song. But there’s no reason to assume party boys aren’t self-medicating as much as any party girl.” Listen in below.

Read Lerche’s full statement about the cover:

As I type this it’s 3.30 am and I just stepped out of Skogen Studio in Bergen, Norway, where I’ve spent 12 hours recording an interpretation of Sia’s wonderful and beloved Chandelier, together with producer, mixer and engineer Matias Tellez (from the great Young Dreams). Over the last few years, I’ve found that I enjoy covering widely known songs that unite the masses and myself, more so than recording versions of more obscure titles that I’d rather just everybody hear in their original recordings. When you’re having a go at a deeply popular song that’s already part of our shared pop-cultural fabric, you are engaging in an ongoing conversation. Your contribution may or may not make much of a difference. You’re just one of several voices, several pairs of eyes. And I like that very much: those rare occacions when my very particular musical needs intersect with those of the general public, and a song so omnipresent that I’ll never have to download it, or even press play to hear it, is actually a welcome repeated listen. Chandelier is a song like that. It’s probably the most famous song of many, many great ones you’ll find on my 2014 playlist. It was the only one on there that I felt compelled to record. Not because the world desperately needs yet another take on Chandelier. But I was curious what might happen if a male singer sang those words of desperation and self-analysis, instead of passing judgement on a troubled party girl. As overtly sensitive and desperately earnest as the male singer/songwriter has gotten in our time, it still seems unusual for a man to expose vulnerabilities in the way that Sia does in her song. But there’s no reason to assume party boys aren’t self-medicating as much as any party girl. Here’s my fifth annual Christmas present for my trusted fans, followers and beyond. Thanks for one helluva year, and for listening. Please enjoy.

SL

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