“In the fear of being lonely I tried it all to get you back
There were things you never told me Like your heart was painted black”
So run the opening lines of Berlin based alt-pop cum indie artist Farao‘s 2013 single, ‘Tell A Lie‘, a cover version of which has just been released by her fellow Nord, Therese Aune as part of a series of exclusive covers featured by the German Kultmucke publication.
Farao’s original is an even-tempered electro-pop ballad – measured, simplex, bleak in aspect with funereal organ-like synths creating a dark underbelly penetrated by tight guitar loops, jagged handclaps and a refracting click track. The Norwegian’s voice is as light as a feather and cool as a Winter’s dawn. Yet, despite the regretful melancholic sentiment that lies at the heart of the song, Farao’s beguiling vocal interpretation remains clear, poised, at times almost detached from the track’s emotional resonance.
Step forward Therese Aune with a dazzling electronic arrangement that takes the tempo and spirit of the song to another level. So delightful is this interpretation that if one didn’t know the lyrics one’s reaction would be one of instant joy! Aune’s expressive vocal dances around the words and pirouettes between light-hearted synth reps and electro-beats. It’s as uplifting and energised as Farao’s version is coolly sophisticated. Two sides of the one song, as diverse as they are impressive.
Covers are always difficult and emulating the original should be avoided at all costs. With her version of ‘Tell A Lie’ Therese Aune has taken what was obviously a deeply personal song and made it very much her own. By re-choreographing it she has put her own unique stamp on this gloriously uncomplicated complex song. Bravo.