Zedd de-accessorizes first single of 2020 on ‘Funny – Stripped’
Releasing an electronically-dressed original that is later succeeded by its de-accessorized sonic sister has become a pattern for Zedd. The dance-pop innovator started this trend back in 2017 when he supplied the acoustic version for the Alessia Cara smash, “Stay.” In 2018, “Happy Now” gained an acoustic relative, and 2019’s Kehlani-assisted “Good Thing” was not far behind.
This blueprint extends to Zedd’s first original production of 2020, “Funny,” as a “Stripped” rendition of the single poignantly charts its course to digital streaming platforms. Whereas the original frontally showcases Zedd’s evergreen dance-pop proclivities and the raw power of Jasmine Thompson’s vocals, “Funny – Stripped” elevates Thompson’s vocal to solitary prominence. Minimalistic piano chords are amplifying accents of Thompson’s vocal presence, with both elements culminating in a wistful alternate with impact.