Elisapie Captures Childhood Memories on ‘Heart of Glass’ Cover ‘Uummati Attanarsimat’

Elisapie dives into childhood memories for her rendition of Blondie's 1979 hit.

Canadian Inuk singer-songwriter Elisapie shares her first release since 2020 with a re-imagined take of Blondie’s 1979 hit “Heart of Glass.” The Inuktitut rendition, “Uummati Attanarsimat,” was inspired by a warm childhood memory that is looked back bittersweetly by the artist.

On “Uummati Attanarsimat,” the new-wave and dance production have been replaced with an acoustic production and spirited percussion which exposes an emotional core to the song, and of a memory which the artist has held onto for years.

Holding on to the iconic melody at a slower tempo, the track’s graceful movements encapsulates innocence, joy, and poignancy. Time is looked back fondly, but still with a reservation of its power. Translated from English to Inuktitut by the artist and paired with a video directed by Philippe Léonard using archival footage of Inuit winter life in the Far North of Quebec, the cover also embraces the power of Inuit culture, and culture in general. What we absorb and feel, filtered through our upbringing, and how important it is to hold on to each part.

“This song, everytime I hear it takes me straight back to being 5/6 yrs old. We’re in Ivujivik, a small town near my village (Salluit),” shares the artist on social media. “My parents are gone gambling for the night. I’m with the coolest babysitters, my teenager cousins and their friends. They surround me and I’m looking up. They’re dancing like crazy, beautiful and carefree, and I want to be like them!

“This may be a dancy song but for me it’s also emotional. It’s about our childhood, feeling light, and some days not so light. Everything then was new and exciting! On behalf of all Inuit, we love you Debbie Harry!”

Cover photo: Leeor Wild

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