Released back in January, 15 year old Birdy’s remake of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ is a more innocent version of the original upbeat song. The innocence in Birdy’s voice is calming, yet it creates quite an eerie atmosphere. In the song Birdy accompanies herself beautifully on the piano, and this adds another level of musical charm to the track.
Some critics have questioned whether Birdy fully appreciates the lyrics of the song, given that they were written by a man twice her age; however, the sensitivity in her performance reveals Birdy’s obvious maturity. For many, the song triggers a range of emotions. It draws in the listener from the beginning with its gripping tune, the lyrics are beautiful, and the chords played on the piano accompany the melody perfectly.
The video is also very lovely and quite haunting; although Birdy has obviously used quite an original theme, it will definitely draw you into the song.
‘Skinny Love’ has already made it to the UK top 10 three weeks in a row so its success has already been proven. If you haven’t yet heard it and you enjoy love songs with meaningful lyrics, make sure you seek it out. Birdy is a great example of the young musical talent in the UK today.