It’s been just over 20 years to the day since Donna Lewis released her trancelike dance-pop hit “I Love You Always Forever” in 1996, and Betty Who pays tribute to that anniversary by releasing her own cover of the song on Friday.
Who’s cover pays tribute to the original by keeping the unique syncopation of the melody unchanged, but the Aussie synth-pop artist plays with the production throughout her track, layering her voice and adding echoing effects on top of glinting synths.
In 2014, Who released her debut album Take Me When You Go and has since been working on her follow-up. But she made clear that this cover is not a lead single from a new album, telling SPIN, “I’m so concerned about putting out my story specifically, and this is Donna’s story. For me, it’s redirected attention, wanting to go, ‘Hey guys, I promise I’m not dead.'”