clash of the remixes: crystal castles edition

crystal castles are already beginning to rack up a healthy selection of remixes for their self-titled sophomore album (same title as before, better music). thought it was as good a time as any to break them down.

the first to crop up was a skeletal take of lead single “celestica” by thurston moore. in a rare turn as a remixer, he scrubs away the shoegazing gloss of the original, replacing it with an ominous guitar lick and more reverb on alice glass’s ethereal, karen o echoing vocal. the result maintains the song’s fragile beauty while amping up a sense of metastatic menace.

celestica (thurston moore remix)

next up was a redo of another album standout, “suffocation,” by the ever-prolific dayve hawk of memory tapes. he takes what was already a potent, haunting goth-dance jam and stretches it out, perking up the beat and electronically warping glass into something simultaneously more sinister and seductive. mid song, the remix transforms into what i can only hope is foreshadowing for what hawk plans for his seek magic follow-up.

suffocation (memory tapes remix)

finally, we come to a new version of “celestica” by bear in heaven. beginning with a brooding synth arpeggio reminiscent of dayve’s previous project weird tapes, they let it drop out as glass’s vocal comes in and replace it with a choppier, punchier house rhythm with borderline balearic percussion. it’s good.

celestica (bear in heaven remix) (via)

so which one wins out? hard to say. the bear in heaven remix probably takes the song farthest away from its original incarnation without butchering it, but each one makes its own uniquely awesome case for being the best. truth be told, these are hard songs to fuck up.

take a listen to all three and let me know your faves in the comments. cheers.


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