Love can be a wicked wicked game, we know, and it couldn’t be better echoed in this cover of Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game” by the up-and-coming ethereal music duo, m&e.
The song, repenting the draw and caution of falling in love, sways along a balance beam of yearning and self-relinquishment. Streamed in silky vocals, the song feels like an out-of-body experience, floating you in a slow-motion tornado wrapped in the ecstasy of discovery and the pain of loss: tender, exposed, and suspended in the eye of the storm.
The ambient duo behind the cover, m&e, is composed of Mariel Fechik and Emily Blue (both eerily born in June 1994). The two met in college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign through mutual musician friends, and by the fall of 2015, they started getting together to make music. While each went on to separately make a career of their talents, Fechik singing lead for Church Booty and Blue going solo as a singer/songwriter, the two never lost admiration for each other, still meeting up over the years to sing and play together.
Now both locating to the Chicago area, Fechik and Blue have been collaborating on the up-spin, and have decided to get more serious about their music. Their cover of Isaak’s “Wicked Game” marks their first official recording as m&e.
“This came out of one of our many acoustic jam sessions,” says Fechik. “We started singing it and loved it so much we decided to record it!”
Still fairly new to production, Blue explains that they’ve found “a lot of interesting sounds in the process of learning” When describing that process, she says to “imagine us sitting on a bed, surrounded by cute cats, singing into a laptop until something sounds right—that was us putting this song together.”
Voices in unison, m&e sound a tender echo of building up guards and of letting them down, stepping us out onto the wind.
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