Shedding the original’s ambient production and swelling instrumentation for a stark and touching stripped-back atmosphere, the acoustic version encapsulates the track’s sentiment in a haunting blend of stirring vocals, piano and subtle strings.
The original version’s video premiered with Clash, who called it “a poignant, timely work… frosted alt-pop that is both sparse and overwhelming”. Featuring shots of a homeless man cut against footage of his happy childhood, the video paints a stark picture of the realities of homelessness, and negates the anonymity associated with it to highlight a pressing and pandemic social issue.
“I want to draw attention to the isolation and loneliness that homeless people face. It’s often much easier to walk on past a homeless person than to face the fact that it could be any one of us in their position,” says Astræa. “With homelessness rates and deaths of homeless people on the rise, I want to ask the question, isn’t anybody out there for them?”
Astræa is a classically trained pianist and an accomplished songwriter and producer, whose voice may be familiar from her reinterpretation of Olive’s ‘You’re Not Alone’, used in the current Lloyds bank TV advert, which she arranged, produced and performed.
Her version of ‘You’re Not Alone’ has had over 3 million streams, and charted in Spotify’s UK Viral Chart at #18, iTunes Main Charts at #23 and iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart at #2.
Having previously sold out a headline show at London’s St Pancras Old Church, Astræa’s next show in the capital will be at the even-more beautiful St James’s Church, Piccadilly on March 21st. Tickets are available now via Eventbrite.