felice bauer release a tribute to Dolores O’Riordan on the anniversary of her death with a cover of ‘Dreams’ today. Named after 20th century Czech novelist Franz Kafka’s fiancée, the newly-surfaced project was recording and producing the track when the late-The Cranberries lead singer passed away tragically last year, making its dizzy atmospherics and delicate keys all the more poignant.
The Irish alternative rock band was an unmistakable force in many parts of the world in the early 90s. ‘Dreams‘ was released on The Cranberries’ debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, which included other hits like ‘Sunday’ and ‘Linger‘. Their Northern Ireland conflict protest song ‘Zombie‘ came a year later in 1994.
While the singing on ‘Dreams’ makes no attempt to replicate O’Riordan’s defiant Irish brogue or trademark nuanced yodel, some of the choral synth lines resemble those used in 1996 single ‘When You’re Gone‘, which was played on radio stations across the world on the day of the performer’s funeral. Together with artwork by Nora Berman and Daniel Swan, this rendition of ‘Dreams’ is a gentle eulogy to a powerful voice in music.**