Published Sep 16, 2008If an award is given for most ambitious group of the year, Sian Alice Group will no doubt be in the running to take home the prize. The avant ambient pop act dropped their debut LP, 59.59, at the beginning of the year and then not too long after followed it up with an EP titled The Dusk Line.
Well, even though it doesn't involve the members per se, the band's label, the Social Registry, has prepared another new EP of remixes using songs from 59.59. Simply titled Remix, the three-song twelve-inch and digital EP features the likes of Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw, Spring Heel Jack and Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor turning in their ideas to doll up their choice of the LP's cuts.
While Degraw adds an enchantingly psychedelic layer to the 14-minute-plus "Murder," and SHJ bewitch a delay pedal for over 16 minutes with "Way Down to Heaven," it's Taylor's simple yet endearing substitutions in "As The Morning Light" that is certain to earn the most attention. The Hot Chip front-man doesn't touch the original too much; he extracts the shimmering guitar work and strings, along with the skittering percussion, and replaces them with some saddened synthesizers, which eventually sputter into outer space. It's his emoting vocals though that have the biggest impact, matching Sian Ahern's voice with a caress that proves Hot Chip simply need to get this guy doing more ballads.
You can buy Remix here at the Social Registry's online shop. And don't forget to catch the band live when they hit Canada this week with A Place To Bury Strangers.
Sian Alice Group w/ A Place To Bury Strangers:
9/18 Montreal, QC - Zoobizarre
9/19 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
9/25 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret