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.