Esther Vallee
'Hardcore' (Live from Svenska Grammofonstudion)

Esther Vallee breezed into London last month, making her UK debut in fine style.

A stellar performance, the Swedish artist seemed to have a near inexhaustible supply of pop bangers, crafted with wonderful maturity.

Recent single 'Hardcore' was a breakout moment, openly emotive and explicitly anthemic with a surging, soaring chorus.

She said on its release: "I hope everyone listening to the song will get as much power from it as I do. For me, to be hardcore means to be unbeatable and let yourself be driven by what you want the most. To not escape the hard things in life, but instead dare to be hardcore on home turf."

Now a new acoustic version of 'Hardcore' has emerged. Recorded in a Gothenburg studio, this stripped down arrangement places Esther's vocal front and centre. It's a powerful performance, an inspired rendition that demonstrates her undaunted ambition.

She explains: "The acoustic ‘Hardcore’ version and video is recorded in the Svenska Grammofonstudio. It felt unreal to spend some time in this legendary studio. Especially to record it live with my band and together we actually improvised this version on the spot. This is the result."

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