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Monday, January 10, 2011

Blackbird Blackbird Gives Beach House's Ode to Winter an Appropriately Dystopian Makeover

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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Baltimore pop duo Beach House hates winter. And rightfully so, because

winter sucks. It's cold, it's cloudy, and everyone seems to be half dead with

the flu. So Beach House wrote a song, "I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun,"

expressing its gripes with the dreariest of seasons. The only problem

is that it still sounds too beautiful. Thankfully, S.F. producer Mikey Sanders' electronic, bedroom-pop project Blackbird Blackbird has stepped in

and given the track the rigid, mechanical essence it deserves.

While Beach House's original track has a thick, smokey, guitar-laden

quality  -- like so many of the group's songs -- Blackbird Blackbird's remake

has been given the sampler treatment. It's chopped up and stacatto-y,

erratic, and unforgiving. Whereas Beach House offered a soothing respite from

the cold, Blackbird Blackbird takes the original guitar line and uses it to make

you feel unsettled.

And I'm okay with that, because I'm not trying to be consoled. I want to dread

this godforsaken season as much as Beach House does. And I do, now that I've

heard this remix.

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