ELEPHANTS ON TAPE – “Lightweights” (The Road Up North Remix)
About Lightweights we originally said “Understatement is an art in these days of excessive everything. “Lightweights” is understatement as art, insistent, minimalist keyboards, barely audible backing vocals, looped beats and silence – all integral, nothing wasted, as a spider web being weaved before your eyes – beautiful, ephemeral, it lodges long in your memory.”
Now Leipzig-based electronic artist Joshua Lutz aka The Road Up North,has released this fascinating remix of the song. We don’t usually bother with remixes (there’s so much NEW NEW NEW) but this one was sufficiently arresting to make us think again. While preserving the fragile beauty of the original, it accentuates the underlying anxiety and draws a sense of menace to the surface. In fact, it brings this whole Bowie aesthetic to the song which I absolutely love.
Here’s the original, please do “compare and contrast” as my mad old English professor used to say.
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