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Mere Child | Under the Ivy (Kate Bush cover song)
Brighton-based singer-songwriter Mere Child (a.k.a. Aimee Herbert-Smith) re-emerges from her musical pause with a spectacular, touching cover of Kate Bush's "Under the Ivy," a moving ballad that originally appeared as a B-side to Kate's 1985 hit single, "Running Up That Hill."
Mere Child's version of this Kate bush classic beautifully reconstructs the track on a fresh musical canvas, with acoustic guitar, subtle reverb, and Aimee's dreamy, soothing vocals that gently harmonize at just the right moments. The expansive, atmospheric soundscape of this gorgeous cover transforms "Under the Ivy" into full widescreen mode. Think cool, gentle breezes and English gardens on a calm summer evening.
Go into the garden
Go under the ivy
Under the leaves
Away from the party
Go right to the rose
Go right to the white rose
Aimee tells SoundThread, "With regards to choosing this cover, I came across it about seven years ago as the B-side to 'Running Up That Hill' and couldn't believe what an absolutely stunning track it was. I just fell in love with this song."
Since the release of her stunning debut single, "Not Good Enough" in 2016, Mere Child has gone on to release a series of equally impressive singles over the past several years, including "Jot of Joy" and "Swim." In 2018, Aimee collaborated with guitarist Ross King to create music under the moniker of Morning Myth, which saw the release of the duo's remarkable dream/indie-pop debut album, Glass Sky.
When we asked what's next for Mere Child, Aimee revealed, "I'm hoping to release another original track in August called 'Gods and Kings,' and ... I'd finally like to release a Mere Child album." That is definitely exciting news to hear and something to look forward to!
With that, we leave you with another recent live cover that Mere Child recorded and released on her YouTube channel: "Looking for Love," an EBTG (Everything But The Girl) cover.
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