W Records, an imprint of luxury hotel chain W Hotels, launched its inaugural single series this year with the help of Japanese Breakfast. The indie songwriter born Michelle Zauner traveled to W Sound Suite in W Bali to record two songs for the project.
The Philly-born artist successfully retains the moodiness of the 1985 single. However, her rendition is stripped down to just a bare keyboard.
“Japanese Breakfast has recorded a beautiful, ethereal reimagining of ‘Head Over Heels’,” Curt Smith, co-founder of Tears for Fears, remarked in a statement.
Listen in for yourself below.
Here’s the original for comparison:
“Essentially” and the “Head Over Heels” cover mark Zauner’s first material in two years following 2017’s Soft Sounds from Another Planet. Proceeds from both releases will benefit the ACLU.