Jem Cassar-Daley is an indie-pop artist who recently recording an alluring and calming version of Gwen Stefani’s 2006 solo hit “Sweet Escape” for the Triple J radio show Like a Version. Her cover began with a surprise: a whisper-sung phrase “Sweet escape, sweet escape.” Whereas the original was boppy and pointed, this version is rounded, tranquil, and at moments, almost mournful.
The overall arrangement of the hit song is extremely creative: from placing the ‘woo-hoo’ melody on the guitar to the choice of keyboard sound on the Nord Stage 3. The lead singer’s vocals have perfect diction, painting an even clearer picture than the original. The subtle bright percussion and dark-timbered guitar make everything well, sweet! The trio creates a slow burn of a crescendo up until the final chorus, which brings everything back down to a gentle pianissimo.
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