The New Swedish Hitmaker

If imitation is flattery, Karin Dreijer Andersson (of Fever Ray and the Knife) is welcome to hubris of Kayne-ian proportions.

In 2005, Jose Gonzales recorded a stripped down version of the Knife’s ‘Heartbeats‘ for his album ‘Veneer.’  The song reached #9 on UK’s Singles Charts while propelling Gonzales to indie rock respectability and CW soundtracks everywhere.  Now, Swedish folk-rock outfit First Aid Kit is taking a similar approach, reworking the eerie Fever Ray track ‘When I Grow Up‘ into a significantly more approachable affair.

Free NoiseNarcs publicity to the first band to re-imagine 2003’s “You Take My Breath Away.”

Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats [buy Veneer]
First Aid Kit – When I Grow Up (Fever Ray cover) [buy First Aid Kit tracks]
The Knife – You Take my Breath Away [buy Deep Cuts]

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2 Responses to The New Swedish Hitmaker

  1. David G says:

    I dig. I imagine the First Aid Kit decision to cover “When I Grow Up” went something like, “You know what the monochromatic, colorless terror of ‘When I Grow Up’ could really use? The jangly guitar from Leonard Cohen’s ‘The Stranger!'” “Let’s do it!”

  2. gabe says:

    this would be a great, but whoever mixed the vocals killed it. The back-up vocal sounds sooo much better than the lead…so much potential. wasted.

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