Watch CXLOE Deliver A Chilling Cover Of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ For Like A Version

One of the best of the year so far.

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Sydney-based singer CXLOE has delivered a goosebump-inducing version of The Cranberries’ 1994 track ‘Zombie’ for triple j’s Like A Version this morning.

The pop artist — who released her debut EP Heavy Pt. 1 today — transformed the hefty rock cut, written about the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington, into an eerie synth soundscape.

“I remember listening to it around the house and driving around with my dad just blasting it — I thought one day it would be a dream to play, so this is the perfect opportunity to do it,” she explained in an accompanying interview with the station.

“It has the darkness to it as well as the catchy melodies. I inspire to write songs like that, so I just fell in love with it. We really wanted to flip it on its head as much as we could, and I’m a huge Hans Zimmer fan — I love Blade Runner, Tenet — I wanted to draw inspiration from those soundtracks and make it as cinematic as possible.”

She brought on songwriter and producer Xavier Dunn (who you might know from his work on Jack River’s Sugar Mountain) to build out the cover, and they went through the process of stripping out the original instruments in the track to make it as spacious and haunting as possible. She wanted to have back-up singers for the cover, but due to COVID regulations she had to go it alone.

Get stuck into the cover below, then watch her perform her new single ’12 Steps’.