Australian artist Ben Abraham pays tribute to Björk’s with a cover of her classic song “Hyperballad”
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Björk’s release of her classic “Hyperballad” single, Australian artist Ben Abraham premieres his reinterpretation as well as a remix by longtime collaborator Tim Shiel.
“I approached some friends of mine to help me work on a cover of “Hyperballad” to celebrate the anniversary—composer Luke Howard and producer Tim Shiel. We emerged with two very beautiful versions,” says Abraham. “I love how Luke’s lush string arrangement, with his subtle electronic instrumentation, highlights the timelessness of Björk’s writing and that Tim’s remix shows how compelling and fresh the song feels in today’s musical landscape. It’s daunting to cover such a celebrated work, but here we are with the utmost respect, and we hope you like it.”
Abraham’s debut album, Sirens, is out March 4 on Secretly Canadian. Preorder the album on all physical formats here and digitally via iTunes here. Zane Lowe recently premiered the debut single “You And Me” on Beats 1, praising his “Beautiful songs from a debut album [written] whilst working in a hospital.” Watch the Oh Yeah Wow-directed video for the track here.
Abraham recorded and produced Sirens in Melbourne with the help of friends and longtime collaborators Jono Steer and Leigh Fisher. The album also features a collaboration with Sara Bareilles, who Abraham connected online and struck up a friendship with several years ago, on “This Is On Me” as well as additional production from Gotye’s Wally De Backer on “Speak.”
Abraham brought his live show, which Tone Deaf calls “disarming” and “truly stunning,” to the U.S. for the first time at last year’s CMJ. Abraham backs up his voice with only guitar and harmonium, in the vein of “Cat Stevens, If Donny Hathaway and Cat had a baby and he hung out with Sufjan Stevens and Feist,” Abraham says.
Since he began writing songs while working in a Melbourne hospital, Abraham has written and recorded an album while collaborating on other projects with Ta-ku, Wafia, Gotye and more. The son of Indonesian folk-pop stars, he has risen to prominence in his hometown of Melbourne and throughout Australia through his much lauded live performances, where his voice and talent has consistently blown audiences away.