London based singer-songwriter Alex Clare shot into the spotlight a few months ago when Microsoft chose his track “Too Close” for their new Internet Explorer ads. “Too Close” is heavily influenced by dubstep, but Clare’s musical repertoire extends well beyond electronic music. During his recent visit to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, he showcased his vocals in a stripped down cover of fun.‘s recent hit “We Are Young.”
Clare strips away the spirited pop bombast of the fun. track in favor of a simple keyboard accompaniment. His raspy voice is the centerpiece of the performance, giving “We Are Young” more raw emotion than the polished pop original. In tandem with “Too Close,” the cover shows the range of Clare’s talents beyond dubstep. Check out a video of his performance below.