Liz Longley on the 'Beautiful Vulnerability' of Four Tops' 'I Can't Help Myself': Video Premiere


"A pair months in the past, I began doing, I name them 'informal covers,' on Instagram, the place I publish a few of my favourite songs and make them my very own," says Americana singer-songwriter Liz Longley. "This was one in every of them I couldn't let go of."

Her newest remake, following reimaginations of songs by Amos Lee to even Cher ("Believe"), and one which spoke to her a lot that she determined to file it extra correctly? A brand new tackle Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," which she transforms from quintessential celebration anthem for the ages (and for all ages) to an introspective admission maybe extra befitting its lyrics.

"I fell in love with it," Longley says of the usual, written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland and which grew to become Four Tops' first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 for 2 weeks in 1965. "It's a music that everyone is aware of and has danced to at a marriage sooner or later of their life, however I wished to spotlight the gorgeous vulnerability within the lyrics."

While Longley's interpretation begins extra slowed down, however nonetheless pretty trustworthy to, the unique, her model, produced by Kai Welch, culminates in an unrestrained coda.

"There's a lot angst in these lyrics hidden beneath," Longley says. "It felt like on the finish of the music I may simply let it out, and faucet into that side of being so in love with somebody which you could't management how your coronary heart feels."

The Pennsylvania native, now based mostly in Nashville, and who drew early airplay from SiriusXM for her cowl of Van Morrison's "Moondance," is recording her sixth LP, with multi-Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak, simply after Thanksgiving. The set follows 2016's Weightless (launched on Sugar Hill/Concord), which marked her Billboard chart debut, reaching the highest 10 on a regional Heatseekers Albums survey.

Whereas Weightless discovered Longley exploring a extra barely amped-up sound than earlier than, the brand new set attracts extra upon what she calls "Americana/soul. That's sort of why this music is talking to me, as a result of it's an outdated soul music."

As for the "I Can't Help Myself" video, which Billboard premieres right here solely, Longley wished the music to be the star. She says of the Patryk Larney-helmed clip, "The lighting made it actually magical.

"It's enjoyable to maintain songs round that imply one thing to me," Longley muses. "And, I believe the youthful era perhaps doesn't perhaps know this outdated basic. It felt prefer it had a complete different sound ready for me to discover, and it's enjoyable to share it and hopefully expose it to new ears."