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Monday, October 22, 2007

Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke, "Uninvited" (2007)

Surprise! The remixing team du jour has not turned "Uninvited" into a furious filter or handbag house anthem. Rather, with the help of Judie "Stay With Me Till Dawn" Tzuke's daughter, Freemasons reminds us -- and it was easy to forget, given the way the original version built to that overwrought ending that even Iron Butterfly would deem "a bit much" -- that the best part of Alanis's song is the spooky piano riff that kicks it off. By fashioning from that riff a haunted house track that you can almost imagine Faithless (in their heyday) or even The Knife doing, Freemasons takes a step towards demonstrating that it's not a one-trick pony.

8 Comments:

  • I want to shamefully go on record and say that I really, really like the Alanis original, and I love the ridiculously overblown orchestral outro.

    I like this cover too, but my favourite bit of the original is the wonky, spooky double-tracking in the second verse in the original which just isn't replicated here.

    By Blogger Edward O, at 1:11 PM  

  • Well, sure -- you like Muse. :)

    By Blogger Brittle, at 7:08 PM  

  • Hey, "Starlight" is a great song!!

    What I find most interesting about this track is that when it was leaked in the spring/summer, some blogs/forums -- notably ukmix.org (www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=45068) -- thought that it was some bedroom producer trying to get some recognition by riding the coattails of the Freemasons name. It just wasn't the same kind of retro-ecstatic rush, just a bit plodding.

    But now that the track's been authenticated, it's a sign of the multidimensional nature of Freemasons' skillz. Ha!!!

    By Anonymous esque, at 8:26 PM  

  • Prog heads! Prog heads! Prog heads! All you Muse lovers are prog heads, and probably emo to boot! SHAME! (Except if you like "Supermassive Asshole." That one's alright.)

    I didn't know that about the initial reaction to the track (when it was first leaked, it must have been the bootleg version with Alanis's vocal). Very interesting.

    By Blogger Brittle, at 12:09 AM  

  • Also, the outro is totally necessary to give the necessary gravity to the "I need a moment to deliberate" bit. It can't just STOP there - it makes no sense at all!

    I am emo, yes, what of it?

    By Blogger Edward O, at 5:56 AM  

  • It's really your hair that made you emo, isn't it? But I approve -- someone who writes blog entries about answering machine tapes is the emoest of the emo, so he shouldn't talk.

    The orchestral outro does add gravity to Alanis's version -- it's roughly comparable to the crashing orchestration that takes us out of PSB's "Jealousy" ("Since I. Met. YOU. *Anguish! Anguish! Anguish!*). But I think the Freemasons version works okay; here, after the "to deliberate" bit, the song pretty much stops dead, as if our narrator has literally upped and left to think about it. That kind of vanishing fits well with the spooky feel of the remake.

    By Blogger Brittle, at 5:56 PM  

  • I am now going to end all my sentences with "Anguish! Anguish! Anguish!"

    By Anonymous esque, at 12:19 PM  

  • Better yet, have the Pet Shop Boys Orchestra follow you around so that they can play out your every sentence. I do. (CYMBAL CRASH!)

    By Blogger Brittle, at 2:51 PM  

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