Wanderhouse “Lights (Ellie Goulding Cover)”

A few months after scoring up some major blog ink over their beautifully goth-hued debut entry “Use Me Up”, indie duo Wanderhouse (the side project of singer-songwriter Marie Moreshead and ever-busy producer Doctor Rosen Rosen) have returned, this time planting their moody alt-pop fangs in something familiar.

Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” may be two years old, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the heavy mileage it continues to get to this day from both the Top 40 airwaves and DJ’s/ producers/ other artists continuing to find fascinating new ways to re-tool the record.

Wanderhouse add their name to the bulging list of great “Lights” revamps by scrubbing the record of its electro-disco gloss and stripping it down into a broodingly dark ballad with cinematic ambitions, the breathy intimacy of Moreshead’s lead vocal paired with the twilight moodiness of the cover’s arrangement bringing a breathtakingly effective spotlight to the emotionally vulnerable lyric and melodic melancholy buried in the original’s distracting clubby glitz.