Australian based alt-pop producer, Thief (aka PJ Wolf) has released his unique electronic cover of Justin Timberlake’s 2002 R&B hit “Cry Me A River” this week and with his forthcoming performance at The Great Escape this Friday, we’re hoping to hear it live. Striping back the verse to a simple bass line and hand clap, leaving room for his vocals to float effortlessly above, before leading into the brass fuelled, punchy chorus, this is an addictive re-make of a tried and tested classic track.
Already set to release his debut EP this month, which includes his latest single “Closer” which encapsulates his well-honed skill for writing perfect pop tracks, 2014 is proving to be a good year for Thief so far. Co-produced by Matt Redlich, The “Closer” EP creates a fresh minimalist sound to rival the likes of Metronomy, Miike Snow and Frank Ocean for which Thief has already received fantastic accolades, including a nomination for the prestigious ‘Vanda and Young’ songwriting award.
Aside from his gig at The Great Escape Festival on Friday, Thief will be supporting Tomas Barford at his Birthday’s Dalston show and Thief’s EP Launch show at The Sebright Arms on 14th May. The Closer EP is released May 12th via Rabble Records.
Words: Brooke McCord