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A capella group Pentatonix have become famous for making old songs new again and with their latest cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” the band make their mark on the pop hit.
The new song features cello playing from Pentatonix’s Kevin Olusola, leaving the vocal arrangements up to Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, and Kirstin Maldonado. Olusola’s cello accompaniment makes for a beautiful backing track, but the addition of his beat boxing halfway through the song makes the cover feel cluttered, a surprising twist for a song that features only one actual instrument.
The new cover comes after Pentatonix Vol. 4, the band’s latest album that was released on April 7. Kicking it old school, the album includes covers of The Beatles’ “Imagine,” A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” which includes a duet with the famous country singer. Pentatonix have already released videos for “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, but this week’s new video marks the band’s debut as a four piece following the departure of Avi Kaplan in May.
Pentatonix posted the new cover on YouTube this week, writing, “We just wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your ongoing love and support. It means the world to all of us! “Dancing On My Own” is one of our favorite songs (by Robyn who is one of our favorite artists) and we’re so very proud to share it with you. We hope you love it as much as we do and we’re excited to share new music (and more) with you very, very soon. We love you!”
Pentatonix aren’t the only musicians who love covering the Swedish pop star. The band followed the same cover treatment as Callum Scott’s 2016 version of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” giving the high energy, empowering track a somber make over.
Of course, if we’re going to name the best artist to cover Robyn, that would undoubtedly be Robyn.