Last year, Pitchfork caused a small stir on music Twitter by naming the 1975’s sprawling pop hit “Love It If We Made It” their song of the year. One musician who agreed is Irish singer SOAK, who recently covered the song for the BBC.
“I think it’s the best song of this year,” she said on air. “They’re such an incredible band anyways, but this song stood out to me so much. It’s like one huge breath, the whole song, where they just voice their frustrations at the state of the modern world. It doesn’t give up.”
SOAK’s cover starts out quiet, just piano, guitar, and – most importantly – Bridie Monds-Watson’s voice. It gradually expands into a brasher production with a lot of heart. Impressively, she manages to sing through the quasi-rap verses about Kanye and Trump and Lil Peep without losing her breath. Stream SOAK’s “Love It If We Made It” at the BBC (it’s at 1:24:30)