Talented 17-year-old Central Coast native E^st stopped by the triple j studios this morning to perform a cover for Like A Version, tackling what is inarguably one of the greatest indie anthems of all time. We speak, of course, of The Verve’s inspired 1997 single, ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’.
E^st’s version strips the track back to its core melody and chords, removing the track’s iconic but controversial string refrain, and turns it into a haunting, chilled-out ballad marked by crisp electronic drums, melancholic piano, atmospheric samples, and of course, E^st’s incredible voice.
“Whoaaa still can’t believe I got to do this haha! Thank you so much triple j for having me! So humbled by the experience, and I had so much fun doing it. I hope you guys like it,” a clearly chuffed E^st took to Facebook to write.
We’ve been pretty much floored by the sheer level of talent and originality on display during this year’s Like A Version series, especially from the glut of awesome local bands like Dorsal Fins, who absolutely nailed it with their cover of Kate Ceberano’s ‘Pash’.
We’ve also seen some powerful political statements, a mind-blowing alt-rock mash-up, some ambitious takes on classics by the likes of FKA twigs, Jamie xx, and Fatboy Slim, as well as a raw take on a homegrown anthem.
Upcoming Show Dates
Friday 25/9 – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
Saturday 26/9 – Shebeen, Melbourne
Thursday 1/10 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
More info at E^ST’s Facebook page