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Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices (Shigeto Remix)

It’s been over a year since Sufjan Stevens released The Age of Adz, a gloriously sprawling and hyperactive masterpiece whose opening track, Futile Devices, provides the only nod to a back catalogue largely devoted to delicate, spartan folk. Given the track’s fragility it’s not an obvious candidate for a remix – but even the term remix seems odd in this case.

Shigeto hasn’t touched the track’s original stems, choosing simply to effortlessly overlay the start of Sufjan’s paean with shimmers, twitches and clicks before dropping a languorous bass line and two-step beat that lend a beautifully woozy swagger to its coda. The overall result leaves the original altered, but not obscured; I would say it’s not so much a remix as a modification. Either way, it’s definitely worth your attention.

Image is by Matthias Heiderich

This entry was written by Keith Urbane and published on January 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm. It’s filed under music and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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