Hamilton, ON pianist prodigy Alex Whorms has unveiled a stunning rendition of Jann Arden’s “Insensitive”.
What was it about the chart-topping smash hit that would come to ring true with legions of fans — and other artists who cover it — all flocking to the track’s aching melancholy? Its truly honest lyrics of heartbreak and longing… Of letting go after being let down… All relatable, earnest words delivered by the honest-to-God truth of feeling every crack in your soul from losing love.
In short, it’s the perfect combination of sense and sensibility for the Hamilton-based indie songstress.
In the wake of the 2020 pandemic, Whorms – as many of her musician peers and fellow performers – found herself in a creative space, with time to flesh out other endeavors and projects. This time, it was a stunning cover of Jann Arden’s 90’s classic, “Insensitive”. Stripped down to acoustic, Whorms’ rendition is a raw, pure, piano-based heartbreak. It’s quietly eerie. It’s quietly beautiful. It’s moving, touching, and devastating. Whorms’ delivery is sheer perfection — it pleads with the desire to just let go. To just move on. Even if it’s what the soul and the heart rejects.
Her adjoining music video is equally simple and poignant. In one black and white shot, we’re shown Whorms from the back, playing the piano quaintly and quietly. In a rushing moment, you’re transported to the innermost thoughts of a woman reluctantly saying goodbye, penning her tears into diary pages.
The future is bold and beautiful for Alex Whorms, as she continues her journey into the wider fringes of the industry; not only does she continuously collaborate with other artists, but she also composes for film and is working towards licensing her music for film and television. In the here and now, she’s looking ahead to getting on the road and performing.
“I have enjoyed playing with a band, but when I’m up there alone, I’m totally free,” she says. “I can change the setlist in the moment. I can slow down or speed up. I can get the audience singing along. Or I can talk to them — or with them. It’s like having an intimate conversation in real time. The show can basically go anywhere and be anything.”
Check out the video for Alex’s version of “Insensitive” below, and stay up to date with her via her socials.
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