Alternative-rock goddess Meg Myers shares her potent and burning rendition of Kate Bush’s 1985 track “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God).” What was originally performed during a NPR Tiny Desk session, the cover riles up a certain poised freedom that finally sees a studio version and anticipates new music from the artist, scheduled for release this summer.
Growing up, Myers explains that she was never interested in covering music, noting the desire to sing authentic lyrics written herself, while matching her rather deep set of vocals. “Well, then I discovered Kate Bush’s ‘Running up that Hill,’ which for years has resonated with my soul like nothing ever before,” explains Myers.
“What if we could experience role reversal? What would it be like living in each other’s shoes? I think we would find a lot more compassion for one another and a passion for kindness and truth. This song to me, represents an opening of our hearts and a possibility of acceptance for all. And to me, this is an important message for the world we are living in right now.”
The artist’s stirring vocals revisit climatic drum beats and electronic pads of the original version with a slightly more aggressive tone. The alluring familiarity sees Myers holding onto each line with a controlled force; arousing the dormant aspect of our higher selves. Her dark and resounding infliction carries the track into a different realm and truly grips the intent for a universal anthem.
Whereas the magic of Kate’s introspective lines captivated the throes of love and the bittersweet power that emerges as hate, from love, Myers’ version is the final nail in the coffin.