Since breaking away from trip-hop collective Daughter Darling, Natalie Walker has released a regular flood of material. Wikipedia lists nine EPs and LPs since 2006 alone. In all that output, you’d expect a certain predictability to emerge. New album Spark, though, ends with a surprise: a beautifully constructed cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Galapogos.”
At first, it sounds like a standard pop ballad, perhaps a little overly emotive. Gradually, though, tricky programming and drum patterns emerge beneath the soaring vocals and strings to give it that trip-hop edge. Listen to it below.
Natalie Walker – Galapogos (Smashing Pumpkins cover)