Covers are a tricky thing, either you get the song or you don’t. Sometimes it works, sometimes it sounds like a pointless rehash. This is especially valid for classic songs that a lot of people have fond memories of growing up. Some covers even morph into timeless classics themselves.
Nirvana’s take on David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World’ and Roberta Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly’ reimagined by The Fugees come to mind. This brings us to a relatively unknown London newcomer Little Pale’s brave version of The Stone Roses classic ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. While not on the scale of the previous examples, the minimal pop artist’s take on it is a haunting, fragile reinterpretation that gets an electronic makeover courtesy of The Gardener.
Little Pale, so-called due to her stature and pallor, is a songwriter based in South East London. Like many artists, she dipped her toes into musical waters at an early age, only to be scalded by overwhelming self-doubt; she retreated into her shell.
Later writing poems in her mid-20’s to ease anxieties, she started singing and learning the piano again, eventually putting her words into melodies. Ahead of her upcoming debut single, she shares this reimagining of the Stone Roses ‘ I Wanna Be Adored’ as an introduction to her sound and the themes that she explores.
She says: “I came to this song quite late and found its lyrics to be especially poignant, more so now than ever, in the context of social media and its influence/rs”.
Listen to the exclusive XS Noize premiere of ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ – BELOW: