Alan Walker has gained significant traction in his native Norway since the release of "Faded," a blue EDM track featuring female vocalist Iselin Solheim, which he first released last December. Now he's gunning for the world. Today on The FADER, Walker is premiering a "restrung" version of the track via the above video.
"I wanted to make an alternative version to highlight other aspects of the song; to present it to another audience who may like Iselins voice and the melodies, but can’t stand the electronic parts of it," Walker wrote in a note to The FADER, describing his decision to replace the glitchy breakdown with a sweeping strings section. "I’m greatly inspired by movie soundtrack producers such as Hans Zimmer, and because of this, I have always wanted to produce an orchestral version of my own. So, instead of making the typical remix, my team and I produced and arranged this version of the track."
In the accompanying video, Walker and Solheim perform "Faded (Restrung)"—he on the piano, she in the shadows—in a moodily lit soundstage. "This way," Alan said, "all the elements of the song are linked to each other and together they become a continuous story." Check it out above.