Interpol
Remix EP


3.0
good

Review

by Adam Downer EMERITUS
January 24th, 2006 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Interpol is a strange band. They're the one of the few indie bands out there that has the time to remix their own crap, but then again, they're also one of the only indie bands to do it somewhat well. The Remix EP is exactly what you think it is. A few of Interpol's weakest tracks remixed to try to make them sound better. Now, why anyone would buy this, I'm not sure. It's a true diehard fan release. I for one do not own the Remix EP, but the special edition of 2004's disappointing Antics included the Remix EP as a second disc, along with a new track, Song Seven. That is what I am reviewing. Ok, so technically it's not the Remix EP, but trust me, you guys need to know how good Song Seven is. As for the EP itself, it's not much of a treat, with band members either hardly trying anything new, or just ruining the original version completely. That's not to say all the remixes suck, for once again, Carlos D proves he will always be the coolest member of Interpol.

I mentioned I'm reviewing Song Seven merely to let the public understand how great it is. It's a fantastic Interpol track of old with Paul's monotonic vocals overriding a steady 4/4 beat by Sam. Unlike most of Turn On The Bright Lights, Song Seven includes a great guitar solo, melancholy and sliding with emotion. Interpol, undoubtedly the deftist of poets, hit lyrical brillance again with the main lyric of the song being "You were like a cloud/ Yes you were a flower/ then you moved around/ now our love is sour." and "We'll start again buttercup, don't give up" It's interesting to note how the use of a simple word like "buttercup" can make a song go from dark to haunting. Carlos D shows his prolific basswork again, doing what many bassists are either too scared to do, or just plain can't. Carlos enters the song on the upper frets of his G-String and just has at it. The overall ambience of the song is either that is the missing link between Antics and Turn On The Bright Lights, or it's a hint that Interpol will be returning to form for their third album. One can only hope it's the latter.

As for the remixes of the EP, they are nothing to be particularly proud of, save for Carlos's vision of Public Pervert. Each member tailored the song they chose to emphasize whatever they do in the band. Paul Bank's take on Narc sounds practically like an Unplugged, with only Paul and an acoustic guitar singing the song, and devoiding it of all emotion it ever had. On the album version, when Paul wails "She found a lonely sound/ She keeps on waiting for Time Out there", it at least garnered the song a couple listens to get caught in that swirling abyss. Unfortunately, the remixed version just sounds like mumbled, lazy, and tired rants. The Length Of Love remix is also rather annoying. Sam Fogerty, the drummer of Interpol, remixed this one to sound almost like... a dance track? The track is incredibly percussion-heavy, and extremely tiring. Not only does it not make you want to dance, it makes you want to hit the skip button after 2 minutes let alone keep it on for the next 7. Note to Interpol: Please, keep your sound in Indie darkness, and don't bring it to dancehalls.

The other two remixes, however, are actually quite good. Daniel Kessler's version of the album highlight Not Even Jail is excellent, and doesn't ruin the song one bit. Of course it doesn't exactly change the song, that much either. Or at all. Save for some extra guitar and cutting those annoying vocals, Daniel's remix is exactly the same, in tempo and feel. Only this time with some odd and rather useless skateboard-wheel effect cutting into the song's overall happy feel. Thankfully the highlight of the song is left alone, where Paul's vocal line "Oh, But hold it still darling/ your hair's so free/ can't you feel the warmth of my sincerity?" is left alone. This remix however leaves much to be desired when compared to Carlos D's sexy synthetic version of the icy Public Pervert. Opening with a whistle sample, Carlos throws in some synths imitating the bass line. We the listener are in for a symphonic treat. For those video gamers out there, if you've ever played a Tiger Woods game, this sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack, only it's too good for it. Placing the original guitar riff over some smooth beats and Paul repeating the songs hook "Swoon Baby Starry Nights", Carlos intends to highlight everyone of the band member's talents, and he very well succeeds. He leaves a section where only Paul croons his deadly hook over nothing but dark keyboard, and this section continues adding everyone of the band members. Apparently Carlos is the only one who took time with his remix, and it definitely shows. The listener's are in for a treat here. It's four minutes of pure ambience until the verse's vocals come in, and it does not tire you. The only downside could be the 8 minute length, but for first and second time listeners, it's hard to not get lost in the sexy synths.

Overall

This is undoubtedly a fan's only EP. If you don't like Interpol, don't touch it. My suggestion is to pick up the Special Edition of Antics, just so you can hear Song Seven. The actual remix EP does not include that song, only the remixes, and that is something even I would not buy. My advice for the casual listener: Go out and buy that special edition of Antics, for this is not a treat, save for Carlos D's remix.

Grade: C

Recommended Tracks

Song Seven
Public Pervert
Not Even Jail

Pros

Song Seven may be a return to form.
Carlos D will always be the coolest member of Interpol.

Cons

Pretty Useless.
Most of the remixes are unoriginal and egoecentric.
I don't even think diehards will buy this if it doesn't have Song Seven.

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Electric City
Emeritus
January 24th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I apologize for the lack of album picture. Ive tried several times to submit one, but the site for some reason is not uploading it.

Jawaharal
January 24th 2006


1832 Comments


They're the only indie band out there that has the time to remix their own crap, but then again, they're also the only indie band to do it somewhat well.

De Novo Dahl did a double album, one of which was entirely of remixes done by themselves, and it pwns alot.

Electric City
Emeritus
January 24th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

pardon, Ill change that line

Med57
Moderator
January 24th 2006


1002 Comments


I uploaded what I think is the right art...if it isn't let me know. Good review, although I've never heard the CD before. I've never really gotten into Interpol for some reason, so I probably never will do.

Electric City
Emeritus
January 24th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks med. Diggin the avatar.



You should totally get into Interpol. They have a great sound, and they're also great musicians. This Message Edited On 01.24.06

Scott Herren
January 24th 2006


192 Comments


i was unaware this even existed. decent review I guess except you seem to contradict yourself (The remixes are nothing to be proud of. The remixes are actually quite good., etc.) It is hard to determine if they are good or nothing to be proud of or are they good and still nothing to be proud of. its a mindboggler.This Message Edited On 01.24.06

Electric City
Emeritus
January 24th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hmmm... ill edit that right away, i was unaware of that.



Wait a moment, that comment is actually in good context. The first paragraph in which io wtalked of the remixes, i said they were nothing to be proud of, then i cited the ones which were not good. The second paragrph i said the other remixes were quite good.This Message Edited On 01.24.06

Electric City
Emeritus
January 24th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ha. Ive impressed Spat Out Plath. excellent. Song Seven really is the only thing to walk away from this with. And Carlos's Remix.This Message Edited On 01.24.06

Zebra
Moderator
January 24th 2006


2647 Comments


With the exception of "Obstacle 2" no Interpool songs really interest me at the moment, seeing that this is hard to find I probably won't look to hard for it.
Nice review, it was well written and brief. The only problem is under cons you put "Pretty Useless" and I'm not sure what to make of that.

Electric City
Emeritus
January 24th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The album is pretty useless in terms of worth to society.

pulseczar
January 24th 2006


2385 Comments


Society? That's a weird way of putting it.

"Most remixes are unoriginal and egoecentric."

I don't think this fits in the Con section, as it's not a direct reference to the album. Either this album is unoriginal/egocentric or it isn't, you're just throwing people off by putting that in there. But good job other than that, is this the first time you've reviewed something that hasn't been before? :PThis Message Edited On 01.24.06

Electric City
Emeritus
January 24th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I meant that the remixes int he album are unoriginal and egocentric. I'll change that.



And no it's the second time. I did a Frickin' A album.This Message Edited On 01.24.06

Electric City
Emeritus
January 26th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Has anyone heard any info about the upcoming Interpol Album? I think Its going to be called Brighter Still... Any info?

Electric City
Emeritus
March 19th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I have not the slightest clue in the world why someone negged this. I'm sorry but I really think someone here just went through and negged all my reviews. This thing is so obscure, and this review isn't really all that bad.



Look point is, if you're going to neg it, please just tell me why you are, otherwise you're just randomly negging for personal feelings towards me, although I have no idea what I did to you.



Ok, rant over.This Message Edited On 03.19.06

Electric City
Emeritus
March 19th 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^Thanks :-).

Two-Headed Boy
April 22nd 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think my version of Antics came with this. I haven't listened to it yet. I love the actual albums, though. My new favorite band.

Two-Headed Boy
April 22nd 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

PS triumphant review, as usual.

Electric City
Emeritus
April 22nd 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Heh wasn't aware this review still reached the eyes of the sputnik crowd.

Two-Headed Boy
April 23rd 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Song Seven is specatcular.

Electric City
Emeritus
April 23rd 2006


15760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You bet your ass it is.



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