Japanese Breakfast—the indie rock project of Michelle Zauner—have released a sensitive re-imagination of Tears for Fears’ 1985 classic, “Head Over Heels.”
On this starkly simple rendition, Zauner’s reverberating vocals swim around Rhodes-esque piano accompaniment. The cover’s brilliance comes from its emotional divergence from the original: Where Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal sings “Something happens and I’m head over heels / Don’t take my heart, don’t break my heart” with a slither of hope, Zauner evokes an air of resignation. It’s a direction that Tears for Fears co-founder Curt Smith has approved of, praising the cover as a “beautiful, ethereal re-imagining” in a press release.
Zauner’s rendition of “Head Over Heels” is Japanese Breakfast’s second release on W Hotels’ boutique label W Records, following the original track “Essentially.” Proceeds of the cover will go towards the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Listen to Japanese Breakfast’s cover of “Head Over Heels” here: