If you’re like us, your first reaction to this “Pretty in Pink” cover might be, How is this a cover?? It’s almost unrecognizable. Almost. For the first listen or two, you might need to take San Francisco composer Emmalee Crane at her word that this is what she says it is. Then you start to hear it, little snatches of melody burbling up from the Psychedelic Furs original midst all the hypnotizing sound swirls.
Crane describes her music as “ambient, orchestral drone,” and that sounds about right. Deep cello strokes reverberate through a wash of atmospherics, blending man-made and machine-made sounds so seamlessly you’d never pull them apart. It takes your breath away from the first note, but you may need a bit of patience to connect it with the original. For us, the “Oh there it is!” moment comes at 2:39. See how long it takes you to hear it. It doesn’t get much more reinvented than this.