She brought the house down in Amsterdam and London with her haunting live performances of “Hear Them Calling”.

And on Wednesday Iceland’s Greta Salome gave us even more reason to sing her praises as she revealed the acoustic version of her Eurovision 2016 entry.

Gone are the horns, clangs and drums, replaced by the gentle sounds of a keyboard, guitar and cello. There’s fragility, but there’s also strength — and the result is breathtaking.

“I made this arrangement on a really late night in my new place after coming home from a gig,” the Icelandic beauty told wiwibloggs in an exclusive phone interview. “I felt like I wanted to show the song in a different light, and respond to the requests of many fans.”

Hear Them Calling — Acoustic version

Stripped of its original sonic elements and thunderous production, the acoustic version captures the ethereal, other-worldly quality of Greta’s voice. Its folksy quality transforms into something spiritual. Chills, people.

The core message of the song remains. As Greta explained during our recent interview in London, “Hear Them Calling” carries a strong message about the presence of negative voices in today’s world.

“It’s about how we should focus on the positive things in our lives, and not get caught up in negativity,” she says.

During the interview, we also chatted about the cover contest she’s running, and got to meet the lovely members of her team. You can check it out below.

Greta at the London Eurovision Party

Greta at Eurovision in Concert

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Bozo Vreco
Bozo Vreco
5 years ago

@Stephen Colville
My name is Božo , you strange person and this boring song will not be in first 10 at all
Wht you see in this plagiarism

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

William your wishes were answered.. you know that Greta’s song talks about the negative voices haha 🙂

Patrick Mooney
5 years ago

Unbelieve version – I’d seen the promo as she was recording it, I didn’t expect it to move me as much – yes I cried.

Pollaski
Pollaski
5 years ago

@Pedro

I’m not entirely sure you’re grasping the concept of a TOP TEN if you have eighteen countries in it.

Pedro Chadid
Pedro Chadid
5 years ago

I want to hear a lot of 12 for differents countries not only for two or three… I want to 12 for 10 countries or 15 this year,,, I have 18 countries only for my top 10… I adore ICELAND! AMAZING VERSION!

Stephen Colville
Stephen Colville
5 years ago

Bozo, you are living up to your name. They are offering their opinions on it, and they love it. What is wrong with that?

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

That was wonderful!
Such a talented vocalist. Am still missing the Icelandic lyrics a little bit.

David Who
David Who
5 years ago

Greta at her best there. It’s hard to remember the song with its Icelandic lyrics now, isn’t it? Stunning recording. Thank you all who were involved. 🙂

Bozo Vreco
Bozo Vreco
5 years ago

You won’t won, that song is mix of Euphoria and Heroes
And Wiwi, can you please stop with favoring this boring song with repetitive lyrics! it won’t be in top 10 at all
Just stop it!

Harry J
Harry J
5 years ago

That is the most beautiful acoustic song I have heard, her voice has so much depth! She can actually sing well, I would love to go to Reykjavik for Eurovision, the Icelandic deserve it, so many quality entries.

This is the year of the I, Italy and Iceland all the way. Bravo.

Grace Tucker
Grace Tucker
5 years ago

Wow, literally, I was nearly brought to tears! Anyone who thinks that Greta’s not a great vocalist, my answer is to them is to watch this xD I actually don’t know which version I love more! But one thing is for sure, I’m team Reykjavik 2017 now more than ever!

John Doe
John Doe
5 years ago

Thanks for this acoustic version Greta. Now I am one hundred percent sure you don’t deserve to be in the final.

Pollaski
Pollaski
5 years ago

Prefer the original, just because it possesses that extra intensity and urgency that really makes the song work.

That said, this is a beautiful version, one that is very relaxing to listen to. Her voice is even better than I first thought.

Starting to really get a winning vibe from Greta.

whitewalker90
whitewalker90
5 years ago

I’ll be first one to say it’s way better than original.

Ron
Ron
5 years ago

That’s an amazing version! 🙂