Don’t get me wrong: Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories is excellent. (But don’t take my word for it — nearly every music outlet is absolutely losing their shit over the record.)
However, I can’t help but feel like something’s troublingly absent: A female touch.
That’s probably why I was so immediately enamored — an “Instant Crush,” as one might say! — with the cover of “Get Lucky” crafted by Daughter, the indie-folk outfit made up of singer Elena Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella.
The UK trio’s ambient reworking of the track, which was first released back late in April, completely hollows out the summery, ’70’s disco feel and dirty bass lines of the summer smash, filling the song instead with sparse, spooky echoes and atmospheric guitars. Elena’s purred crooning breathes new life into Pharrell‘s giddily sung vibrato, resulting in a much more complex, emotionally charged production. It’s essentially a brand new song.
And for those who still want to dance to the track, there’s hope yet: Danish producer Holtoug took Daughter’s haunting reinterpretation and tossed a gentle throb into the mix. It’s still quite somber, but there’s enough of a sharp strut to inspire some severe bend-and-snaps on the floor — y’know, in between the teardrops.