Chamber Pop: Lingua Ignota Shares Cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’

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Lingua Ignota’s cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ features guest vocals from Daughters frontman Alexis Marshall.

Lingua Ignota’s cover of Chris Isaak’s classic, ‘Wicked Game’, was released on the 7th of August, but it’s only just now I’ve stopped getting chills.

OK, slight hyperbole. But still, it’s a chilling take, it feels like hovering over the haunted memory of the original song in a hot air balloon, ready to catch fire at any moment. The pure exploitation of emotion in the orchestral double-tracking of Kristin’s voice is nothing short of soul-wrenching. The use of Alexis Marshall’s (Daughters) forlorn mumble pulls the song towards a crippling communication of heartache and romance. I can’t help but feel this has a more sincere part to play in the twos relationship. It’s a privilege to have that catalogued through the magic of music.

Listen to it. I challenge anyone to not get swept away with the high note. The gentle piano. The sample of “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” by Krzysztof Pendrecki. The communication between Kristin and Alexis. It is nothing short of a gift.

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