Exclusive Premiere: Sofi Gev pays homage to a mentor in this dream-like Bat for Lashes Cover
Personal and moving, “Laura” is a peek into a memory of infatuation, owning the world, and being comfortable with your power. Sofi Gev takes the original minimalist track by Natasha Khan, slow, emotional, and intimate, and adds these deep emotional edges from her own passions, making it slightly more modern and electric.
Sofi Gev crafts layers of sound enveloped in emotion, building in intensity with each second. The chorus is both echoing and riveting, with a sea of violins, confident piano chords, and layered harmonies across the vocal line. Her own personal additions to the song include a French Connection analog synth to give depth to the piano, Moog bass, and an electric guitar. Gev said of the cover, “I could never have improved on the original, but I hope listeners enjoy it and that it leads more people to Natasha’s music.”
She also said of the track that she wanted to show love and respect to Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes, and she hopes she honored the original while giving the song a piece of her own personality. The differences make a unique sound, and the blend of indie pop, folk, and electronica is mesmerizing: an epic, monumental buildup of love and admiration.
Singer-songwriter Hannah Lovelady is the indie-pop artist behind Sofi Gev, and she drew from a deep emotional well for this project. Influenced by artists like birdy, Maggie Rogers, Regina Spektor, and more, her music is often introspective and delicate, with lyrics that are eccentric and offbeat. She cites her most “enduring musical influence” as her father, singing Joni Mitchell songs to her at night when she was a kid. She started crafting her own melodies by singing words from cookbooks while her dad played his acoustic guitar. In her music, she strives for the listener to hear the intimate ways she confronts life in song, and how universal that meaning is. Listen to “Laura” and more of her original music below.