New Music: Theif

Australian based alt-pop producer Thief, is out with two new tracks, and and EP. Firstly single Closer. After some incredible remixes by the likes of Akouo, Cesare, Weird Together and Set Mo, Thief has taken the reigns himself and put together a beautiful acoustic version of his latest single Closer. Stripping away the rhythmic beats, upbeat synths and the ever-cheery brass section for all the heartbreak and emotion that went into the lyrics in the first place; just PJ Wolf and his piano is what makes this so brilliant.

Secondly, Thief (aka PJ Wolf) has released a unique electronic cover of Justin Timberlake’s 2002 R&B hit ‘Cry Me A River’. Thief has stripped back the verse to a simple bass line and hand clap, leaving room for his vocals to float effortlessly above, before leading into the brass fuelled, punchy chorus. A gutsy move to take on the new king of pop, but when listening to the track you mind doesn’t wander to the original, it’s a completely different track in it’s own right, and that’s what a listener needs from a good cover.

Thief is set to release his debut EP this month, which includes and carrys the title of his latest single ‘Closer’ which encapsulates his well-honed skill for writing perfect pop tracks. The ‘Closer EP’ was co-produced by Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, The Trouble With Templeton) and creates a fresh minimalist sound to rival the likes of Metronomy, Miike Snow and Frank Ocean for which Thief has already received fantastic accolades, including winning Triple J’s ‘Unearthed Top Song’ competition and a nomination for the prestigious ‘Vanda and Young’ songwriting award.

The ‘Closer’ EP is out now via Rabble Records

By Kimberley Bayliss

Kimberley is Vulture Hound's Live Editor and a Photographer.