Ane Brun strips down Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” for the May 1st release of It All Starts With One. The track will be appear on the iTunes deluxe version of the album, which has already gone platinum in Brun’s native Norway.
Brun distills the slow-burning rock & roll of the song’s original seven-piece arrangement for voice and guitar, a kind of challenge she has always enjoyed as a songwriter. “I’ve always seen a challenge and a fascination in peeling out a great melody of a musical arrangement that at first listen seems far away from what I normally would perform,” Brun tells Rolling Stone. “‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’ is such a song.”
A recent Arcade Fire fan, she has had her eye on “Neighborhoods #1 (Tunnels)” since discovering the band. “I’ve become a huge fan of Arcade Fire in the last couple of years,” she says. “And this song in particular has been close to my heart. There is something so magical about the lyrics, and of course I love the melody. I’ve had my version as a sketched demo for quite a while, and I finally recorded it this winter.”
More covers are on the way on Brun’s Do You Remember EP, due April 10th, which includes the first single from One plus covers of Antony and Built to Spill tunes. She tours the U.S. in May with supporting act Gemma Ray. It All Starts With One will be out in a few weeks, but you can download the her Arcade Fire cover here.