RAC is one of the most versatile remixers around, period. This relatively-new single is great example of their versatility.
First, go take a listen to the original track at Stereogum.
Now check the remix (above).
My god, what a world of difference.
RAC has turned this song from a nice rock/punk-ish tune to a nice, kicking, poppy/new ageish thing worthy of any hipster’s tweets. And they accomplished this without deteriorating much of the song. Vocals and guitar remain, though the guitars are much subtler and restrained. The percussion is rewritten and much more prominent, giving the whole thang a nice beat and rhythm to it. The biggest, and most welcome change is by far DAT ASS PIANO. I mean, wow. It’s crazy how much one instrument changes so much of the song.
And of course, production is wonderful too. The song doesn’t blare at you, and you can pick out all the subtleties, such as the guitar and synth. The echo effect on the voice doesn’t feel as cliche as it usually is in other mixes.
If I know only one thing, it’s that everything that I see of the world outside is so inconceivable often I barely can speak. Yeah, I’m tongue-tied and dizzy and I can’t keep it to myself. What good is it to sing helplessness blues, why should I wait for anyone else?
And I know, I know you will keep me on the shelf, I’ll come back to you someday soon myself. If I had an orchard, I’d work till I’m raw, If I had an orchard, I’d work till I’m sore, and you would wait tables and soon run the store
Started off relaxing at home for a bit… enjoyed a delicious lunch (at the best local spot) then had a fantastic frolic with dogs and friends, followed by a great sushi dinner, shopping, and then ended the night with weed, beer, and a good movie. Splendid. :)