Pop music has been flirting with the possibility of a disco revival for a while, from Lady Gaga’s “I Want Your Love” cover for Tom Ford and now Carly Rae Jepsen citing the ’70s as inspiration for her forthcoming album. Now, Swedish twin duo Say Lou Lou has joined the movement, giving the Bee Gees’ biggest hit, “Stayin’ Alive,” an ultra-chic, toned down twist.
First released in 1977 for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the original song is about survival in the New York streets, which band members Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb wrote together to reflect the victory of coming out on top in such a difficult city.
When SLL sisters Miranda and Elektra Kilbey revive the brothers’ lyrics over dense, textural production, the result is less urgent and more sophisticated, like success doesn’t require struggle—it’s guaranteed. “Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, you’re stayin’ alive,” they sing in unison.
SLL’s “Stayin’ Alive” cover is the first taste of their second studio album, due out early 2017. Listen, below: