Gwen Stefani is going the old fashioned way.
Vetta Borne is a pop star like few others in Australia right now.
You might not know her new nickname immediately – she’s only been recording under that name for a little over two years – but you certainly know her latest musical character, Maribelle. Taking the sweet compositions of the internet and combining them with a sound that seems transported from an older, nicer world, Borne makes music you can sink into, letting the choirs drift around you like seaweed.
Need proof of your talents? So look no further than this morning’s Like A Version, in which the singer restructures Gwen Stefani’s ‘Cool’ into something new and bizarre.
That way, it’s a perfect blanket, one that’s not afraid to play around with the original’s formula while staying true to its platinum-covered spine. It is unmistakably Stefani without being slavish, a work of homage that crawls out of the past, twisting and twirling as it goes.
The cover is just the latest in a series of Like A Version triumphs; the segment has had some momentum recently. After all, who could forget the power of Triple One over Cyndi Lauper, or the magic of Didirri’s heartbreaking version of Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends”?
Watch the clip of Vetta Borne weaving her spell in full here: