Let’s just say that we’ve been on an extended hiatus here at CasaSwoop for the last few months. The two of us have been struggling to keep up in the first half of this wonderful summer, but hopefully now all of that has passed and we can back to what we love: sharing fantastic new music with you, our dedicated listeners/readers. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy this truly innovative set of tracks. What we have here is a bit odd, a remix of a cover of an original, but trust me it’s worth it. First, Ed Sheeran (heartthrob and immensely talented) covers Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” with class and originality. He did it for the BBC with nothing more than a piano, a guitar, his hands, and a few backup singers. The simplicity of these elements really give Ed a lot of flexibility and leave his tremendous vocal bare and passionate, just how you’d want it. Seriously, if you don’t get at least slightly emotional listening to his rendition, you might not have a soul. I suggest going to your nearest shaman to find the gypsy witch that stole it. The pinnacle of Ed’s approach happens at around the 3:00 mark where he strips away the musical elements and focuses on him and the backup vocalists. Needless to say, I’m a big fan.
Not as big of a fan, however, as I am of UK DJ, Nomero’s, fresh approach to this cover. This track isn’t exactly “new,” it was released 4 months ago, but it clearly hasn’t gotten the traction it deserves. Based out of Birmingham, Nomero finds a way to pump up this soft and subtle rendition from Ed Sheeran and inject it with a healthy dose of trendy production elements. Now, I should say that the elements that Nomero adds, particularly the staccato, highly processed chords starting at 0:58, are a relatively overused method in the current electro scene. We’ve seen the same style from Flume, Disclosure, and Nebbra. Don’t mistake that, however, for disdain; I actually really think it works here and he uses it tastefully, finding a balance between Ed’s amazing vocal and the electronic elements he himself wants to add. At only 19 years old, it’s clear that Nomero’s style needs some refining, particularly in the moments between the choruses, where he obviously is more comfortable. That being said, I’m personally really looking forward to what else he puts out, and to sharing it with all of you. Keep your eyes out for new posts coming soon.