When I heard Birdy’s haunting cover of The xx’s “Shelter,” I was impressed by her breathy yet powerful voice. I’ve loved The xx’s self-titled album since I first heard it about a year ago, and this new take on one of my favorite tracks does it justice. Before I further researched her, I assumed Birdy would be a pretty 20-something, judging on her voice alone. Though indeed pretty, she’s not quite as experienced in life as I thought. Girl’s 15.
Does this make this cover even more impressive? Yes. Yes it does.
Born in the UK–in, uh, 1996–Birdy grew up in a musical home. Even more of a youngin in 2008, she won the Open Mic UK competition and eventually graced the charts with her first hit, a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” She’s got a mature voice and a mature taste in music. Birdy has released a few other covers, but it’s rumored she’ll be releasing an album of originals, as well. I’ll be curious to see if her songs are as genius as her voice.