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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Track of the Day: Devendra Remixes Phoenix

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 11:05 AM

LAUREN DUKOFF
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Devendra Banhart is gearing up to issue his latest, Bolinas-recorded album Oct. 27, but he's making the blog rounds this week for a gorgeous remix he crafted that's being posted for free download. The pop folkster gave Phoenix's "Rome" a "a mellow, meditative ride" with production partners Neighbors. Together, the remixers write, "Let's bring out the candle-lit side, a side of the song suited for lucubration!"

I can't stop replaying this dreamy Devendra vision. Phoenix has been my summer soundtrack (to the point where I have to force myself to take breaks from listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix) but this remix allows me to cheat on my pact for space from the French band. The giddy pop intensity of the original is given a more languid pace here, with brushes of acoustic guitar and hushed vocals floating above a quiet melodic fog.

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