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The Futureheads - Decent Days & Nights (Phones Bad Acid Remix) - Chris told me that I would want to post this. As usual, he was right. (He also has a fantastic MP3 by the Flesh up at his site now. It's what Har Mar might sound like if he wasn't a fat disgusting freak with no talent. Get it while it lasts.) This is the B-Side to the Futureheads latest single release, and opens full of electrocashy bass fuzz and glitchy synth beats. The only thing kept intact here is the original vocal, with it's harmonies and somewhat bizzarre round pattern. But taken out of the original context, a saccharine, Jam-esque number overloaded with hooks and melody, and recontextualized here, what was once slick and spazzy in the most accessible of ways becomes punishing. The combination of declarative vocals and that abrasive electronic guitar noise makes for something wholly new. When the song breaks to nothing and reassembles itself, it speeds up, and suddenly, we're not just listening to something entirely different, the beats skitter all over the place, yelps appear out of nowhere, and the world spins out of control. Excellent.
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I have to head out the door now. Look for a bonus weekend post tomorrow.