On their excellent new album Pala, Friendly Fires deliver a set of white-hot club-wreckers, jittery Afropop, and Talking Heads-style dance funk. So it makes sense that they’d take on one of the year’s biggest pop songs, Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.” The British group tackled the tune at a recent in-studio performance for the BBC. Check it out here (via Pretty Much Amazing).
Gaga’s original showcases the pop star’s gale force pipes, and Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane doesn’t try to match that energy. Instead, they offer a lovely, cinematic take on the song: Macfarlane croons with the heart-on-sleeve sensitivity of an emo-boy over cascading synth melodies and a breezy funk pulse. Nice!
Friendly Fires are one of SPIN’s picks for next month’s Lollapalooza fest. Hear more of their music, and see the rest of the Chicago fest’s must-hear artists here.