In this day and age, artists are more and more able to play around with music and can try new things without the limitations of their band and its chosen style. As an example of this, some singers have been doing vocal covers online, like Yannis Papadopoulos’ [Beast in Black] famed cover of “Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish or Hannes Horma [Silver Bullet, ex-Turisas] doing “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban. Today, however, we’re looking at Thomas Grove [Ember Falls, aka Tuomas Välimaa also of Everwave] doing a solo cover of “Evermore” from the 2017 live remake of Beauty and the Beast.
First of all, the choice of song here is sublime. If Disney has pulled anything off fantastically with these live-action remakes, it’s been the new original songs. “Evermore” was the new song given to the Beast to sing about Belle after he sets her free and of all the new music Disney made for that movie, this was probably the best. Rather than making unnecessary changes to existing hits for the sake of “remaking” things, they chose to find a character who never got a chance to express themselves and let them do just that. And damn, did they ever nail it with this tear-jerking song that speaks of everything he learned from love. With this cover, Thomas Grove takes a new and beautiful song and steamrolls it with excellence. His beautiful, deep tone really suits the Beast’s voice; this coupled with tasteful vibrato and just a hint of grit at the perfect moments, and packed with ample passion and respect for the original. It’s utterly flawless.
Ember Falls have released three new singles in the past year or so, with the latest being “We Are Become Fire,” released 2 months ago via Ranka Kustannus. Grove can also be heard with Everwave, whose debut, So Called Home, was released in November 2018.