It takes a lot of confidence to cover not only one of the biggest stars of the moment, but also one of their biggest hits. Thankfully, one thing Swedish singer Tove Styrke isn’t short of is confidence. Or ability. Due to support Lorde for the North American leg of her Melodrama tour later this year, this demo cover of the New Zealander’s ‘Liability’ is evidence enough of that – a masterclass in how to take an already stellar song and turn it into a supernova.
Styrke possesses the rare quality of making it look like being a pop star is the easiest thing in the world. Casual as you like, it’s as if she woke up one morning and decided she was going to smash out a couple of hits, but only once she’s had a bit of breakfast and taken a short stroll downtown. That’s not to say that her output isn’t also down to hard work. 2017 was a big year for the Umeå native in terms of releases, with ‘Say My Name‘ and ‘Mistakes‘ both huge singles that caused a well-deserved wave of applause from critics. And if you haven’t already heard her 2015 album Kiddo then you’ve missed a treat. It’s worth a listen for the outlandish ‘Even If I’m Loud Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You‘ and the trap-styled ‘Borderline‘ alone. This latest demo is a fine addition to her repertoire, using a minimialistic style to maximum effect, and highlighting a natural versatility to her singing style. Turning a down-tempo ballad into a bouncy, breezy pop-song is no mean feat, but Styrke makes it look easy.
There’s an assured, almost nonchalant air about Styrke in this performance, which she’s able to pull off because it’s clear that this is the role she was born to play. Her care-free attitude is evident from start to finish in this video, shot in one take and featuring some of the slickest moves you’re likely to see this year. Captivating as she travels along the floor with effortless fluidity, styling it out with a shiny silver jumpsuit, it’s obvious that Styrke has it all – the voice, the looks, the style, the moves and the swagger.
Make no mistake about it, Tove Styrke is one of the most talented and exciting artists around at the moment, who already has a back catalogue to rival some of the industries bigger stars. Based on this performance, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find Lorde covering one of her singles in the near future.
Check out the video for the demo version of ‘Liability’, out in the UK now, below: