Handful of Snowdrops

Clan of Xymox brought a darkly aggressive edge to the classic ethereal 4AD sound that was typified by This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins. One of the best examples of this is the song ​“Back Door” from 1986’s Medusa. Flash ahead three decades, and Québec City’s long-running (and self-described) ​“alternative melodramatic electro rock band” Handful of Snowdrops have released a ​“Back Door” cover that is extremely faithful to the original.

The duo of Jean-Pierre and Michel Mercier recorded the cover as a favor to a fan who had contributed to the fundraiser campaign for their 2015 album III (which is also worth checking out). The duo’s cover highlights all that’s great about the song: the pulsing electronic rhythms, the ghostly synths and bassline, the detached vocals — they’re all there, and they sound as fantastic as ever.