Hotline Bling is one of the best songs of the year for a lot of reasons. A big reason so many connect to the track, is how well made its melody is, able to hook its claws into anybody's brain. This also means that the song can be transferred into seemingly any other genre by a talented enough songwriter, like Sondre Lerche. Primarily, Lerche usually puts out indie-pop jams, but today he released a very 80s sounding cover for "Hotline Bling" as apart of his yearly Christmas covers series; the cover bringing to mind tracks by the likes of Gary Numan and Depeche Mode.
Of the song, Lerche wrote,
"Produced, mixed and mastered by Matias Téllez at Skogen Studio. Cover image by Paal Strand.
What the world needs now, is not yet another cover of Hotline Bling, sweet lord. But there’s no other huge song of 2015 I had wanted to sing more than Drake’s irrational, wounded instant classic. So deal with it, and I’ll at least spare you any further analysis, except to say it’s a truly magnetic piece of music. My version was produced, recorded and mixed by Matias Tellez (Hotline Bling is one of his favorite songs of the year too) last night in Bergen, Norway in a mere 10 dark hours. At the end of the night we were quite fried, borderline hallucinating, and a nod to Milton Nascimento’s immortal “Clube Da Esquina No 2″ snuck into the outro. I believe this is the sixth annual Christmas cover I share with my dear followers and fans, who continue to be spirited, loyal, engaging and full of wonder as our paths cross out there, on and off stage, in various spheres and in the songs themselves. Thank you for listening, caring and sharing my music where you are. It matters to me. Everything does. Here’s to yet another year that hopefully, despite terrifying, dark forces seeking to corrupt and confuse, will see us inspire each other to even greater heights, above, beyond.
Happy holidays & thanks for listening.
All the best,