Kita Alexander (aka Nikkita Kalea) is an Australian singer-songwriter with a knack for making stirring tunes. She has often been compared to Taylor Swift, lyrically. Her latest release is a cover of Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom,” recorded for Triple J’s Like a Version series.
Whereas the original was sassy, sexy, and palm-muted, with the hefty four-on-the-floor, Kita Alexander’s cover is sultry in a more subtle and classy way. From the simple way she places the lyrics, to her choice in accompaniment, we get a very different flavor of the 2003 song. That being said, the backup harmonies are exactly the same as the original, which gives us just a little taste of the past. Throughout the cover, a calming backdrop of acoustic piano, backup vocals, and synth keys ebbed and flowed behind her.
On a more technical note, the artist’s clarity and control throughout her range are impressive. Each time she moves up into the chorus, she peppers in tiny ghost notes of ornamentation which make the piano’s running eighth-note accompaniment sound even sweeter. As the vocalist completes the story (almost from the third person,) we get the sense that she is the only one in on this dark little secret.