How do you take a contemporary approach on a modern hit that’s already so entrenched in its ’80s influence? This is the challenge faced and succeeded by singer-songwriter Vérité, alias for Kelsey Byrne, on her new cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else” from their 2016 album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It.
“I am a big fan of The 1975’s vision, aesthetic and how effective their writing is,” Byrne says. “‘Somebody Else’ is so simple, relatable and well written. I really wanted to take it into my world and reinterpret it a bit.”
The reinterpretation speeds up the rhythm and replaces the 80’s power ballad sensibilities of the original with a club-ready beat, deep, oscillating bass, and propulsive synths. The rhythm section, which is a driving force for both tracks, is punchier. The verses use subdued, minimalist instrumentation and afford Byrne with the perfect vocal showcase, while the chorus provides the pop-heavy payoff that feels more akin to an EDM “drop.”
Doing things her own way is nothing new to Vérité, who remains an independent artist and largely DIY. She admits to not being “too keen on covers,” but “it’s nice to take a break from burying myself in my music and writing for a minute and experiment with something new.”
The song arrives on the same day that Vérité kicks off her 25-date US tour at The Met Café in Providence, RI. Tour dates and tickets can be found here.