Covering Kate Bush is no easy feat.
And yet, Oxford’s Candy Says have completely owned their cover of Bush’s Running Up That Hill.
From the moment the track begins I feel as though the space around me will plunge into darkness, for neon lights to then electrify the room. It’s thrilling from the get-go.
Candy Says’ take on the classic is unquestionably colder, but despite its dark depth there’s a fragility echoed in Julia Walker’s vocals – majestic, yet sombre. The track still maintains the bewitching qualities of the original but holds its own in a haunting remake which has been twisted with electro pop – the use of synth keeps that founding mystical quality but lends itself to the contemporary music market.
Running Up That Hill has been written by Candy Says (Julia Walker, Ben Walker and Silke Blansjaar) and Marc Canham for a new Netflix thriller, ‘Close’. I’ve seen the film advertised and have yet to dive in. Running Up That Hill is all the convincing I need to take the plunge.
This is another exemplary track from a cutting-edge band. I can’t wait to see this performed live.
Candy Says will be releasing their latest EP, ‘You Are Beautiful; We Are All Beautiful’ in April alongside a UK tour.