Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Remix Fix: Rogue Wave/Dan Deacon

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else's song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It's a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they're better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

This one was an interesting proposition from the word go. I think Dan Deacon's treatment of Rogue Wave's "What Is Left To Solve" is sheer sensory magic. This overstimulated rush of a remix incorporates existing elements (and only existing elements, thank you very much) of the song into a dizzy, irregular heartbeat that races and skips of its own accord. RW's own Zach Rogue decreed Deacon's reworking to be like a "beautiful exploding flower," a sentiment I can definitely get behind.      



[posted 10.25.16]

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