London three-piece White Lies is often, understandably, compared to Joy Division. Or compared to Interpol, who are often compared to Joy Division. Or compared to Editors, who are compared to Interpol, who…you get the picture. Anyway, the first thing that comes to mind when their name gets mentioned isn’t “piano ballad.” However, Belgian band Hooverphonic successfully reimagines their upbeat “Bigger Than Us,” the lead single from White Lies’ second album, as exactly that.
Hooverphonic is currently promoting their seventh album, but it’s their first with new singer Noémie Wolfs, who swaps out Harry McVeigh’s Ian Curtis-esque drone for husky, more vulnerable vocals. The band slows down the urgent tempo of the original and swaps the cavernous production for simple, intimate piano accompaniment.