Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Arlissa gives us goosebumps

What was the last song to send chills up your spine? For me, it was probably Jessie Ware's Taking In Water - and before that Marina and the Diamond's I Am Not A Robot. What I'm saying is, they don't come around often. But if you've been watching BBC One recently, you might have felt a shiver running up and down your back every time the trail for What Remains played.

The song, of course, is Olive's You're Not Alone, so recently ruined by Tinchy Stryder (he rhymes "choosing" with "fuming"). But this fluttering, heart-stopping version comes from Arlissa, a 20-year-old singer from Crystal Palace.

You might remember her single Sticks And Stones from earlier this year. A darkly-sung break-up tale over urgent, tribal drums it was (rightly) compared to Florence Welch, and this cover could be Arlissa's You Got The Love - pencil-shading a perky dance song to reveal its shadowy contours.

The singer has just put the full version up on YouTube, along with a homemade video. Draw the curtains and turn up the volume - it's going to give you goosebumps.

Arlissa - You're Not Alone

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