STATIX - Against Time
Andrea Milana Remixer
Gustaf Grefberg (Lizardking)
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Impressively inventive, splendidly soulful and chock-full of nifty little touches, this is a hearteningly lovely take on a particularly charming tune. Brilliant stuff!
Review by Matt Smith
Fully two decades later, the prospect of getting to hear a new and souped-up version of the Statix demo music was an exciting and warmly nostalgic one – and by crikey, this remix more than does justice to the original track. It absolutely captures the distinctive essence of Mr Grefberg's composition, elegantly blending haunting soulfulness with a perkily up-tempo positivity, and then expands upon it in all manner of imaginative and delightful ways. The guitars are an immensely cool addition to proceedings, giving this arrangement a sound all its own; the augmented introduction to the piece is impressively dramatic, the harmonising throughout is electrifying, and I love the transition at the 2:15 mark; it's a pleasing little moment that says
Let's hear that again!An assortment of glittery new background sounds and twinkling counter-melodic elements add greatly to the magical atmosphere of the piece, and the use of finger-cymbals at various key moments is a wonderfully charming touch. Terrific stuff all round.
I've since discovered, of course, that the full release of Statix neglected to include
Against Timein its soundtrack. Thank heavens for that demo version, eh?