Friday, November 02, 2007
The Black Ghosts - Some Way Through This
The Black Ghosts, "Some Way Through This" (YSI link) YSI link corrected
The Black Ghosts, "Some Way Through This (Plastician & Skream remix)" (YSI link)
I'm actually gonna try to get better over the next few weeks with just posting, without any sort of genre or artist focus. However, I couldn't pass up this chance to comine our recent focus on indie dance and dubstep, I mean, seriously, who was expecting that crossover? Okay, maybe some of y'all were, but I wasn't. One listen to this recent remix of The Black Ghosts by dubstep stars Skream and Plastician and it was clear that I wasn't looking hard enough for the meeting points.
I'm getting ahead of myself, as the original version of "Some Way Through This" is a fantastic song in its own right. The Black Ghosts have enjoyed a lot of buzz, mainly off of the strength of a ton of great remixes of their songs. This track, though, shows that this band has a huge upside, it's seriously one of the best things I've heard in a minute. So many nice things here, first off, love love love Simon Lord's voice, you know that I love a less-than-perfect, unique voice and this dude's got it. It's a little more than four minutes, standard rock song length, but it seems so much longer and stretched out and relaxed, unlike most of the indie dance stuff. From there, a gorgeous instrumental brings it home with perfectly placed strings, bass buzzes and bumps and a clicking drumtrack.
Skream and Plastician are two of the biggest names in the dubstep scene and this track seems perfect for that hazy, slowed-down sound. For the most part, they don't mess with the original too much. They add a lot of subbass, throw in some effects, quicken the beat. Most notably, they take the strings out (or bury them in the mix), using the bass and an Eastern-y sounding synth to drive the rhythm. It's a nice remix, but pales in comparison to the original for me.