Georgia has shared a huge new synth-pop cover of Kate Bush‘s ‘Running Up That Hill’ – watch its striking video below. The new cover is taken from ‘Seeking Thrills: The Ultimate Thrills Edition’, an expanded edition of the singer’s 2020 album ‘Seeking Thrills’,
Despite having written more than 100 songs before the release of the first single, Kate Bush was only 18, in 1977, when she wrote her debut Wuthering Heights, inspired by Emily Bronte’s homonymous novel which was published more than a century before in 1846. Bush shares the same birthday as the book’s author, she also happens to be called the same as the Bronte’s most known character, Catherine. If the coincidences seem to be another excuse to justify the legitimacy of Kate Bush’s composition of the song dedicated to the book, the facts that she was a genius performer and an genuine talent remain undiscussed facts.
Wuthering Heights was the catalyst of an incredible career in the music industry and, in hindsight, she was right to insist for it to be her first release despite pushback from her record label; it gained her the title of first female performer to ever have a self-written number 1 hit in the U.K.
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail”.
“I call it Schizodrift,” she says sipping on a martini with her pinky out. “I want to make music that sounds as manic as I feel.” Filled with catchy synth hooks, Ray Manzarek-esque Farfisa, surf guitar, depth of thought and a punk attitude, LONER captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, and nods to the styles of Blondie and DEVO, the pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake, all the while being inspired by the artistry of Kate Bush.
Our muse of the week comes from the cold Norway and she’s gonna be today at Primavera Sound. There are few biographies that are as curious as that of the Norwegian singer songwriter Jenny Hval: she started in a gothic metal band, got into ethereal pop and experimentation under the moniker Rockettothesky and now under her own name she has established herself as one of the most original and committed voices in contemporary pop. On “Innocence Is Kinky”, her fourth album, she uses songs that oscillate between the vapours of Kate Bush and the abstraction of FKA Twigs to explore themes of gender and sexuality and to tackle political questions, but it is on “Apolcalypse, Girl” that she has taken her condition of performer, intellectual critique and creator of provocative pieces of distorted pop even further and her name is now a synonym for commitment and creative freedom.