Earlier this week, Sara Hartman graced our No Ceilings stage for our second London show. Today, she gives us yet another reason why she’s poised to have a huge 2016, with the release of her cover of Jamie XX’s In Colour cut, “Stranger In A Room.”
Where Jamie’s version features a much heavier electronic influence, Hartman maintains his selective sparseness and keeps her instrumentation and vocal layering to a minimum. It’s a take that feels very much her own, while still evoking the same emotion Jamie does on the original. Says Sara of the rework:
“I really loved the whole Jamie XX album but ‘Stranger In A Room’ was very special. For me the lyric was about the lonely side of the ‘no holding back’ rager party scene which I was exposed to when I moved to Berlin. I thought it was a unique perspective on the thing that is at the core of the place I moved to. The other side of the glamour had always fascinated me”
Listen to her take, as well as Jamie’s album version, below.