ABBA, a band that created a genre within itself, is a band that is covered frequently, and more often than not, ironically. While some musicians have deemed themselves too cool to take anything like ABBA seriously, classically trained pianist Mark Northfield takes one of ABBA’s last recorded songs, “The Day Before You Came,” and does anything but mock the Swedish pop sensations.
The original is a slower tempo than most ABBA tracks, and Northfield takes advantage of this to draw out the song. The lyrics, which seem to focus on a dull life before a lover enters, fit well with Northfield’s doleful vocals. While most of ABBA’s songs inspire dancing or Australian weddings, Northfield leaves the listener in a more contemplative state.
Mark Northfield – The Day Before You Came (ABBA cover)
Be sure to check out Northfield’s website, which also has a gallery and blog.