Peter Nordberg covers the Phil Collins classic, In The Air Tonight. With Nickleback-esk vocals and traditional-sounding stringed and percussion instruments, Nordberg certainly brings a different angle to the well-known song.
Both hailing from Sweden, Nordberg teamed up with mixer/producer Fredrik Andersson to release his first song in English. With electronic twists and layered vocals against the punchy bass really puts chills down my spine.
Although, it is a more tame version than the Phil Collins original with the drums taking a backseat rather than being centre stage. Nevertheless, this is a brave, authentic and raw cover, which sounds original despite the well-known lyrics.
The drums sound almost tribal – something I could imagine hearing from talented buskers on the streets of arty Melbourne. Whereas the vocals are manipulated to create a modern and rich tone. Brilliant. I’m not surprised this artist was snapped up by a label by the time he was 19, and was such a hit in Norway and Sweden. I expect he will be incredibly popular everywhere else too.