The world is going to be mourning David Bowie for a long, long, long time. While tributes have been pouring in left, right and center (including a lengthy and TMI-splattered obituary by yours truly) there are a few tributes that really stand out. One such tribute is a cover of "Heroes" by Gang of Youths.
Opening on naught but staccato'ed strings, Dave Le'aupepe's voice, rich and packed with real rawness, encapsulates the emotion that we're all feeling right now. Synths and a beat soon creep in, and as the track enters the second verse, his voice cracks open wide.
Cue shivers and goosebumps.
The track comes with a heartfelt message about Le'aupepe's connection to the song, and his reason for choosing this particular tribute:
"i wish i had some ornate or choice words to express how sad i am at the moment but i don’t, so i figured the best way for me to remember david bowie was to cover the first song of his that i ever heard.
"at the risk of being trite, “heroes" changed my life. the melody accompanying “i, i will be king/and you/you will be queen” is to me, not only the finest melody the thin white duke ever wrote but among the finest ever written period.
"and if you listen to the synth line in the end chorus of our track “radioface” very, very closely you can hear a small nod to “heroes”.
"thank you to another david, david andrew for helping me with this.
"all hail the goblin king"