Atalein reworks a Snow Patrol classic into a haunting, ominous jam

Usually, when an artist makes their debut single, it is imperative that it gives a cemented stamp on exactly who that artist it. Their sound, their image and their overall craft can really be determined by that first taste they give the public. So many first singles have absolutely made an artist’s career iconic. In saying that, it is undeniably and impressively brave to make your first official release as an artist a cover, but that doesn’t seem to faze ATALEIN one bit in her moody rework of a Snow Patrol deep cut, ‘Set Fire To The Third Bar.’

Tapping YOLLKS for some soulful and ominous vocals, Atalein completely transforms the once slow-burning indie-rock ballad into a brooding and intoxicating listening venture. The production submerges the listening in stalking beats and screaming synths, but really serves to provide a solid foundation for the devious vocals of Yollks. 

While the original was about a long-distance relationship where lovers have a hopeless yearning for one another, this rework feels like its demonic other. There’s a certain aloofness that Yollks sings with that injects you with a sense that she is to be both feared and revered. Atalein steers this ship into untamed and uncharted waters but does so with a martini in hand and a wandering eye. Her confidence, in both her production skills and in the fact that she’s introduced herself via a rework of a decade-old Snow Patrol song, tells us that we best hop on board or we’ll be walking the plank.

Words by JACKSON LANGFORD

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