Album Review Saturdays 2023 Episode 9

Hold on to your ears closely on this Album Review Saturdays episode.  We’re going to explore two records that are basically remixing, rewiring, and/or retelling existing music catalog.  While the third album in this review does not comply with the concept, the reality is, that it is doing it, but in an opposite way, but in a completely enrapturing way.  What?!  Stick with me, here, and I will explain, why I added the third album to this Album Review Saturdays music multiverse moment.


Puscifer – Existential Reckoning: Rewired

When a band “remixes,” bringing in outside artists to re-imagine their recording(s) you immediately look to the names to the right of the track listing, right?  I know I do, but in the case of anything that Puscifer (the musical subconscious creative brainchild of Maynard James Keenan) puts out, I will say that I really don’t do it until after I’ve heard the mixes.  This late 2022 re-imagination of their latest record was no different.  Just put it on and get sucked into it!  They’re no strangers to doing this with their art, and each one has a vivid musical pallet that goes far beyond remix.  The scale of the projects sound massive, and no doubt — were not done in a few minutes of re-arranging and piecing together like a lot of junk out there trying to capitalize off post catalog output.  While the range tends to be of an industrial nature, they always incorporate areas of technical producers and mixers (Michael Patterson who has worked with Beck, Notorious BIG, and others) electronica (Joshua Leeds Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv), to even rock and metal skilled musicians (ie:  Murderdolls, Ministry) .  The cast of rich characters that have arisen out of Puscifer’s past (there’s a cool title) remain unharmed, enriched, and battle tested against a variety of skillful re-imagined soundscapes some dense — some not.  “Existential Reckoning: Rewired,” as with other remixes of the catalog, is a genuine process that comes off extremely cool, and fits into the trippy, evolving, audio and visual comic book fashion-ed within (see what we did there with fashion – nevermind – Mr. Keenan might get it, if he reads this).  Go, get the clothing line, the CD(s), Vinyl, DVD(s) and join the Pusci-fiction audio experience!

The band (see track listing for re-imagined by):
Existential Reckoning: Rewired Track Listing:
1. Bread And Circus – Re-Imagined by Mat Mitchell
2. Apocalyptical – Re-Imagined by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
3. The Underwhelming – Re-Imagined by Juliette Commagere
4. Grey Area Re-Imagined by Troy Van Leeuwen & Tony Hajjar
5. Theorem – Re-Imagined by Sarah Jones & Jordan Fish
6. UPGrade – Re-Imagined by Justin Chancellor & Scott Kirkland
7. Bullet Train To Iowa – Re-Imagined by Alessandro Cortini
8. Personal Prometheus – Re-Imagined by Greg Edwards
9. A Singularity – Re-Imagined by Carina Round
10. Postulous – Re-Imagined by Phantogram
11. Fake Affront – Re-Imagined by Gunnar Olsen
12. Bedlamite Re-Imagined by Daniel P. Carter



Moby – Resound NYC

Enter the latest release from Moby, “Resound NYC,” where intimate, classical and stripped back leads the way through resounding collaborations of Moby’s most defining musical moments of his catalog.  Except one.  Neil Young’s Helpless with Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies and Damien Juardo that take’s things to a haunting platform worthy of being included in this resounding, one hour eighteen minutes of orchestral, intimately arranged re-tellings.  There are so many worthy performances that shatter the expectations of each song (Gregory Porter, Lady Blackbird, and Ricky Wilson just to mention some of the many highlight performances).  How do you line up for that audition with Moby?  Come on, you have to be wondering, too, right?  Obviously, I have no answer for that, but thoroughly love the cast.  This is by far the best arrangement of Moby’s tracks as an entire album.  The flow is tremendous!  The depth of the recording is orchestrated so well, and yet totally equal in it’s pertinence to the original.  When it was over, I suddenly realized that Natural Blues wasn’t one of the songs.  Perhaps not everything fits under a category of remix, re-imagined, or retreated., or the right resounding hasn’t come yet.

Moby, for those that might not have realized his contribution to the music multiverse, this might be a wonderful experience, as well as a jumping off point to undertake the originals in a reverse splendor.  On a final note, I would assume the NYC part is just a place, home — but then again, that sound has escaped across an audio plane that inhabits a border-less genre of musical influences across time since 1994, and bringing them back to this form is probably the comfortable place to start from …again.

Moby [See track listing for the artists contributing]:


Resound NYC Track Listing:
1. In My Heart (Resound NYC Version) feat. Gregory Porter
2. Extreme Ways (Resound NYC Version) feat. The Temper Trap
3. South Side (Resound NYC Version) feat. Ricky Wilson
4. Flower (Find My Baby) (Resound YNC Version) feat. Amythyst Kiah
5. In This World (Resound NYC Version) feat. Nicole Scherzinger, Marisha Wallace
6. Helpless (Resound NYC Version) feat. Margo Timmins, Damien Jurado
7. Signs Of Love (Resound NYC Version)
8. The Perfect Life (Resound NYC Version) feat. Ricky Wilson
9. When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die (Resound NYC Version) feat. P.T. Banks
10. Slipping Away (Resound NYC Version)
11. Second Cool Hive (Resound NYC Version) feat. OUM, Sarah Willis
12. Hyenas (Resound NYC Version)
13. Last Night (Resound NYC Version)
14. Run On (Resound NYC Version) feat. Danielle Ponder, Elijah Ponder
15. Walk With Me (Resound NYC Version) feat. Lady Blackbird


Sleep Token – Take Me Back To Eden

And now this is the part where I explain myself, as to why I’ve selected Sleep Token‘s “Take Me Back To Eden” as the opposite way of ‘remixing’ if you will.  Remember I said completely enrapturing? I hope you did because it was only a couple a paragraphs back.  This record is completely and utterly enraptured in…wait for it…remixing and re-imagining how genres can be utilized in music.  This band is an enigma fronted by humans that have no identity beyond the moniker of  each person noted as ‘Vessel’ I, II, III and IV.  Perplexed?  Let’s give you the music genres that are encapsulated in this beautiful empowering and devouring progressive manifesto; alternative metal, post-rock/metal, progressive metal and indie rock with a dose of — hip/hop?  That’s right!  Each song has these bridges and crescendos which suddenly articulate a completely different yet somehow intuitive mix of genre(s).  Sound complicated?  It is, and has to be, considering their supposedly playing in a “sleep like trance” (where I’m assuming, like dreams, tend to bend time, space and usual reality, which in this case is their sound)  It’s like you’re listening to Shinedown with the vocal and temper in perfect in pitch and emotion, and as the bridge occurs you’re whisked away into a progressive metal core growl, or in other instances ‘Vessel’ has been overcome by a sinister Dracula driven Drake.  Sleep Token has blasted the concept of how albums of this nature take on remixing, layering, and ultimately presenting tracks.  This is not your mamma’s Linkin Park.  No no my post metal core ear vessels (okay I couldn’t resist), this is a band that’s taking the next evolution, utilizing the same tools as Puscifer and Moby to sculpt a glorious album, which even by title, is taking you back to their Eden.

You probably still don’t understand.  That’s okay.  I was so hyped by this album I had to include it with these two remixes!  So, go listen!  I’m positive you’ll enjoy all three of these works if you are the music multiverse travelers I know you are!

The band [yeah they do not identify themselves – ever]
Take Me Back To Eden Track Listing:
1. Chokehold
2. The Summoning
3. Granite
4. Aqua Regia
5. Vore
6. Ascensionsim
7. Are You Really Okay?
8. The Apparition
9. Dywtylm
10. Rain
11. Take Me Back To Eden
12. Euclid
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