Watch Chvrches Cover Janelle Monáe “Tightrope”

By Tom Breihan / January 9, 2014

Last month Billboard held a Women In Music luncheon, giving honors to both Pink and Janelle Monáe. Those honors included performances. Tegan And Sara took the stage to cover a Pink song, while the Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches played Monáe’s electric 2010 R&B kinda-hit “Tightrope,” transforming it, almost effortlessly, so that it fit with their smoothed-out-but-emotive aesthetic — and doing all this with Monáe watching approvingly from the audience. Thankfully, nobody attempted the Big Boi verse. Chvrches’ performance of the song was an utterly disarming thing, and you can watch some high-quality video of it below.

Chvrches’ album The Bones Of What You Believe is out now on Glassnote, and it’s one of our favorites of 2013.