On this edition of Rendition, we have a remix involving one of the top ambient-electronic acts today covering one of indie music’s biggest stars, and two remixes of new producers remaking tracks by two young women who have made huge strides the past few months. As always, we include both the remix and the original version.
Note: All three songs were selected by Wendy.
Death Cab for Cutie – “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” (Tycho Remix)
We don’t care what some of the critics say, but we thought Death Cab for Cutie‘s Kitsugi was a terrific album and their best since Transatlanticism. One of the highlights was the not-so-prototypical driving sound in “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive”, which was one of the album’s highlights. The song is given a makeover by ambient-electronic kings Tycho, who have long been favorites of many of us here. In their prototypical fashion, they’ve turned “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” from a heart-racing number into a cool, slumbering but ethereal song. It’s an impressive feat by Scott Hansen, Zac Brown, and Rory O’Connor to make the indie-pop anthem into an ambient dream.
SOAK – “B a noBody” (Tom Marsh Remix)
A year ago, then eighteen-year old Bridie Monds-Watson, who goes by the name SOAK, burst on the music scene with two songs – her stunning cover of CHVRCHES’ “The Mother We Share” and her crushing song “B a noBody”. English producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Marsh, who has performed drums with Lana Del Rey, released last Friday a terrific remix of SOAK’s debut single. Marsh augments the tenderness of SOAK’s voice and lyrics by adding some terrific ambient effects. The track is transformed into a lush, dreamy one while retaining the song’s vulnerability.
Tom Marsh – Twitter
Bitter’s Kiss – “Too Far Too Fast” (Panda Bass Remix)
We don’t know much – heck, we don’t know anything – about Panda Bass other than that s/he is from Finland, and this remix of Bitter’s Kiss‘s “Too Far Too Fast” is his first release. He’s left the gorgeous melody and vocals supplied by Chloe Baker and added a few dubs, loops, and beats to provide a more sultry rhythm to this stunning track. When you have a song that is nearly perfect (especially from a former hidden gem whose debut album was nearly flawless), why change much? Subtlety and timing – tough things to master but so far this Finnish producer has demonstrated both.
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