Last we heard from HURTS, Kylie Minogue was covering their “Wonderful Life” by, surprisingly, stripping away many of the pop trappings. Catherine A.D. takes a similar approach on her version of “Better Than Love,” but layers on a wall of vocals instead of Minogue’s synthetic strings. The clubby pop beat becomes a grandiose choral explosion.
We saw Catherine do the same thing with “Wolves,” but building harmonies on a Bon Iver song represents less of a departure than this. If you don’t know the original – aka. you live in America, where HURTS retains only a tiny fraction of their British popularity – cue it up. Then, when you’re all danced out, switch to this cover to come back down to earth.