Watch Robyn Cover “Last Christmas”

Robyn does not make conventional pop music, or at least she hasn’t for many years. (Shout out to “Show Me Love,” though.) In particular Honey, the club-influenced album she returned with this fall after an eight-year gap between LPs, shied away from conventional sensory delights in favor of a more nuanced ebb and flow. She made a point of describing its aversion to instant gratification upon the release of the title track. Still, the woman can sing the shit out of a classic pop song when she wants to.

Robyn visited the BBC Live Lounge today, and as is customary, she performed a cover. In keeping with the season, her choice of material was “Last Christmas,” Wham!’s aching holiday standard. After describing George Michael as “my hero,” Robyn delivered a breathy and understated take on the song with a spare, tasteful backdrop. It may leave you wanting Robyn to record an entire album of Christmas songs arranged like this. You can watch her perform the cover below. She also performed a “demo version” of “Honey,” which will make you want to hear a whole album’s worth of “demo versions” too.

Honey is out now on Konichiwa/Interscope.