#681: 2013, Daughter, Get Lucky

by George_East on April 29, 2013

A few weeks back I posted a review of the debut album of one of my favourite new band discoveries of the year so far, Daughter.  The album, If You Leave is a sublime exploration of break up and loss.  The influences range from the Cocteau Twins, through early Cure to a stripped back Portishead.   If you haven’t bought it yet, you really should.   It heralds the arrival of a major new female songwriter in Elena Torna.

This song isn’t on the album but was part of a Radio 1 session on Saturday (which makes it pretty brand spanking new).   It is a cover of Daft Punk’s Nile Rodgers produced classic disco inspired current Number 1 track, Get Lucky.   It takes a joyous and hedonistic song – ‘we’re up all night to get lucky’, into something far sadder and more haunting,  It meets the test of a great cover version – in taking a song and turning it into something completely different.    It manages to be beautiful and sad, despite the lyrics, suggesting that there is far more going on than simply having a good time while  the sun comes up.   One of the tracks of the year so far.

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