Back in the early and middle part of the ’00s, musicians and fans could not get enough of the Knife’s “Heartbeats,” a song about love and longing from 2003’s Deep Cuts (out 2006 in the U.S.). Most memorably, Jose Gonzalez released an acoustic cover as a track on Veneer, proving that “Heartbeats” is as touching with an acoustic guitar as it is with synthesizers and drum machines.
Rising British singer Ellie Goulding is a big fan of covers herself, from Robyn to Temper Traps to Bon Iver, and she recently showed off a tender acoustic version of “Heartbeats” on BBC Radio 1. Pretty much it just sounds like a female version of Jose Gonzalez’s take on the song, but remember how great this song is? This song is pretty great.