• Sophia Hill

Sky Ferreira Covers David Bowie's 'All the Madmen'

In a tribute to what would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday (Jan 8), Sky Ferreira posted an unreleased cover of Bowie’s ‘All the Madmen’.

Five years have passed since Bowie’s death and yet he continues to transport generations with his unsurpassed creative genius.

“HBD DAVID BOWIE 💋 I love you ❤️” writes Sky on her post to instagram earlier last week. The video features the rediscovered record which originated from his 1970 album The Man Who Sold the World. The cover is nothing less than euphonious. Her voice is unyielding, emanating 90s grunge and noughties pop, a voice that suggests having just woken up from a dream and not quite adjusted to reality.

In some ways Ferreira and Bowie could be considered kindred spirits. As artists, they write for themselves and do so unapologetically – it might even be said that this is where the genius lies in producing such incandescent compositions. With fans impatiently waiting on Ferreira’s next album (to be titled Masochism), perhaps this might quell the endless pressure for more news from the perfectionist and enigma that is Sky Ferreira.

Record label BBE Music also announced a Bowie tribute album Modern Love which will arrive on May 28; featuring artists We Are King, Nia Andrews, L’Rain, and Khruangbin - to name a few. The record highlights Bowie’s links to the sound of RnB, gospel music, jazz, funk, and ways in which they impacted his career. The first single was released by BBE on YouTube featuring grammy nominated artist We Are King’s synthy cover of ‘Space Oddity’ with art illustrated by Cori Mass. Additionally appearing in the last week are two unreleased covers from Bowie of John Lennon’s ‘Mother’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Trying to Get to Heaven’.

Listen to Sky Ferreira’s rendition of ‘All the Madmen and Bowie’s original below.

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