I was listening to this acoustic version of “Revolution”, the gorgeously somber, elegiac song from Swedish artist Elias, and I wanted to go back and compare it to the original version. I’d assumed that that song must have had somewhere in the vicinity of ten million views by now on YouTube since it came out earlier this year, because how could it not? But while it’s approaching a respectable 1 million on Spotify, most of the videos of it on YouTube are hovering around 50,000? THIS WILL NOT STAND. What’s wrong with you people?
While this acoustic update doesn’t differ too much from the earlier version, chiefly stripping out the percussion and some of the strings arrangement, all of its essential DNA is still there: the soulful, fervent vocal power, violin and piano lines, and the church-like choral backups. In short it’s just as beautiful as ever.
”Revolution is a tribute to those who stand up against old and worn habits in favor of the new and beautiful ways of doing things,” he says of the song. “Or it might just be a love song. This acoustic version is intended to inspire and give relief to everyone who strives for a more beautiful and better place.”
Elias’ debut EP comes out soon via Warner. He’ll hit the States this spring for SXSW. Grab the song here.