"Songwriter Paul Adams comes to deliver an uniquely beautiful take on a very popular & classic indie pop song from the 90's, the lovely 'Can't Be Sure' by The Sundays, under his project Seven Words.
Paul succesfully transforms the song to an uncomplicated toughtful & contemplative piano ballad that sometimes remind inevitably a little of influences like "Somebody' from DM but in a less 'lovesong, needy' direction to a more reflexive state of mind & vibe,
ultimately we can say that is more accurately and probably unintendedly reminiscent of an emotional track by the somewhat underground world music act 'Not Drowning, Waving', but Paul manages to take this to a more personal interpretation with his emotive and sweet vocals, let's not forget that the original song is sung by a female vocalist, and Paul gorgeously reinterprets that similar feel with his own delicate and pleasant style.
In the end this is a wonderful and original cover that can take breaths away. Don't forget that Paul also sings in the amazing modern synthpop song 'Nothing Lasts Forever' by Indelible Scars, featured recently here on Synthpop Your World, don't forget to check out that one too!"
by Synthpop Your World on 20-June-2019
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INSIDE THE TRACK: [artist's commentary]
Although my passion is for electronic music in all its forms, I’ve always enjoyed a female vocal in a guitar/indie arrangement. I first saw The Sundays on an old TV show called “Rapido” performing the song ‘Can’t Be Sure’. I was completely mesmerised by the sound and Harriet Wheeler’s vocals. I soon became a firm fan and now have all three studio albums in my collection.
When I first toyed with the idea of covering ‘Can’t Be Sure’, I knew I had to approach it completely differently. The song has a melancholic feel so I decided to use an old Korg M1-R as it has a really warm piano sound.
Once I’d finished arranging the piano, the fun part began as I added the layers of pads and solo instruments, complementing the piano patterns and evoking that melancholia. Finally the intentional heavy reverb on a more sensitive vocal performance further enhanced the atmosphere.