What do Sufjan Stevens and Katy Perry have in common? Well, they both have their roots in the Christian music world for one (Danielson Famile, “Katy Hudson”). And now a second: They’ve both been given terrific covers by Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kelsey Byrne aka VÉRITÉ. When we last heard from her, she was covering Sufjan’s “John, My Beloved” – it made our Best of 2018 list – and now she’s back tackling Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”
VÉRITÉ says, “‘Teenage Dream’ is a perfectly written pop song, and a perfectly written song actually sounds good no matter how it’s arranged. I love the process of reinterpreting a song. Creating new pieces and finding a way to honor what made the original so phenomenal, while tapping into a different sonic palette allows people to have a completely different emotional relationship to the song.”
“Stripped-down” isn’t quite the right word for her cover, but even amidst its lush production, her “Teenage Dream” is calmer, quieter, and more reflective. Just when you think it’s going to get big, it gets small. Check it out below.