Sunday, October 11, 2015

Björk Marathon: The Remixes - Vulnicura

As if Vulnicura wasn't emotionally heart-wrenching on its own, these remixes are sweepingly moving. She released these remixes in a 3-part series, first introducing them, their collaborators, and their backstories of how they came to be on Dazed. Here's Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 - worth the read!

What also makes these remixes special are their format - on vinyl, and clear vinyl at that!

It's perfect for the LP's theme of emotional transparency. And speaking of emotional...all of these remixes are too good. They are all my favorite. The top 5 that touched me the most, though, are:

Family (Katie Gately Remix)

Remixed by: Katie Gately

This "Family" is haunting - I hear what sounds like children crying with the beats marching onward.

 Lionsong (Kareokieijd Remix)

Remixed by: Mica Levi

Without the vocals, this "Lionsong" is cinematic, haunting, and beautiful.

History of Touches (Rabit Naked Mix)

Remixed by: Rabit Naked 

The "History of Touches" remixes (all of them, really) are better than the original version. The Krampfhaft Remix is one of the best of them, and so is this one. They're darker, more alive, and heart-wrenching.

Lionsong (Choral Mix)

Remixed by: Untold

This choir-like "Lionsong" sounds ironically more chipper, but juxtaposition it with the theme and vocals, this is pretty sunning.

Mouth Mantra (The Haxan Cloak Mix)

Remixed by: The Haxan Cloak  

Haunting and heavily epic with an extra dose of Haxan Cloak.

Seriously though, ALL the Vulnicura remixes are impressive. And also this strings (acoustic only) version of the LP. The power of remixes - as is the power of this album - truly amazes me.

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