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Chateau Marmont – The Maze (Chrome Canyon Remix)

Here’s one of those musical adventures that warrants a second, third and fourth listen. And yet, it feels like it could be in a movie about cars and night driving (hah). But in all seriousness, the inherent eighties-ness of this track makes it both charming and nostalgic without the age to back it up. It’s today. But it also takes you away and holds your hand while you travel down a road that I can only imagine is similar to that rainbow intergalactic space road on Mario Kart where you can’t fall off the edge otherwise you fall into space. That kind of adventure.

There’s no lyrics here, which I love, because every once in a while you need a soundtrack to your thoughts. Right now my thoughts are pretty focused on just being. The last time I actively found a song to soundtrack my thoughts, it was a Fleetwood Mac track off Rumours. That remains one of my favorite albums of all time, for the very reason that I’ve stated above. At certain times in my life, I’ve just required the words and music to align perfectly with what was going on inside my own head. There is something magical about a song like The Chain, which is the perfect combination of highs and lows, especially with the twang of the guitar in the background. Such a harmonious joining of musical forces.

Similarly, this song begins with punch and falters between lows and highs throughout. There’s always going to be that driving synth power to remain consistent throughout, but the keyboard that plays what might collectively be six to eight chords over the course of the entire piece, reminds me of a movie. Like you’re getting a glimpse of the hero while looking in the rear view mirror of the villain’s car. He’s always just one step ahead of the hero. There’s a pause in the middle where laughter and applause snakes in, and then we’re dropped right back into the middle of what might be a slow chase scene. It’s a really fun track to be imaginative with, because it feels pretty predictable in terms of where it will go, but it’s not. The instruments are always changing up and the inherent similarity to Flash by Queen happens every once in a while.

As I am someone whose musical tastes are strongly aligned within the field of electronic music and all of its subgenres, I will always loyally be grounded in the genre of classic rock. It’s not a bad place to stay leveled in, especially since so much of what we hear today is inspired by that older sound.

I invite you to indulge in a music fantasy with this track, let it take you somewhere deep into your mind. Just remember, you’re the one who is in control, this song is only your partner.

Chateau Marmont – The Maze (Chrome Canyon Remix)

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Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Chrome Canyon de-mix)

Oh this one is messing with my head. Tame Impala makes such beautiful wooziness on their own and then this guy Chrome Canyon comes along and twists up their sound even further.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Ya’ll know these Impala dudes right? Well, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards was the moody centerpiece to their 2012 effort Lonerism, which was one of last year’s better full lengths. A lot of the cuts from that album are head-trips for broken hearted folks, the aforementioned track included. I know it’s cliché, but we’ve all been there, right? Another night in a string of nights alone and left to your own devices, you spend the evening swimming through your thoughts. Usually there’s a mopey or “emo”, depending on your age demographic, record on in the background. You shouldn’t be indulging these feelings, though at times there’s something addictive in wallowing in your own downer vibes. That kind of mood aided and abetted by the emotional undercurrent in a lot of Tame Impala’s songs, thanks in large part to singer/guitarist Kevin Parker’s I’m-a-time-traveler-from-the-1970s-how-will-I-return-home? voice. Sure, sure, these songs have soundtracked other kinds of altered states. All I’m saying is, this band writes sonic vistas and landscapes that be traversed by anyone, clear-eyed or otherwise.

Anyways. This “de-mix” by Morgan Z under his musical guise Chrome Canyon, is pretty dope. He mines the dazed and confused vibe of the original and warps it even further. I’m talking old cassette sitting on the dash in a hot car warp. Bright and hot with spots from sun damage, Feels Like We Only We Go Backwards (Chrome Canyon de-mix) is three minutes and twenty-one seconds of reeling sound that is just on the verge of unspooling. In other words, it’s not a bummer. Quite the opposite, actually.

The drums have been turned up in the mix and the distortion is mortaring my earholes. The vintage organs are swirling all over the place and, as they still retain the same rainbow shimmer from the original cut, the effect is kaleidoscopic. Some newfangled keyboard chords occasionally pierce the haze but their quick entry and decay keeps things off kilter. That interjecting gong is a nice touch too.

Sway to this.

Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Chrome Canyons de-mix)

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Chrome Canyon – Suspended in Gaffa (feat. Phoebe Oglesbee)

I was in a thrift store today and heard this song playing over the speakers. I immediately recognized it from somewhere, but couldn’t pinpoint exactly where, so I asked the gal behind the register for the name. Apparently we were on the same wavelength, because she said she had just written down the name after having asked someone else. I remembered why I recognized the song though: Kate Bush. Both are oddly similar, but I personally prefer this one a little bit more. It’s catchy and fun, but it still captures that older sound. The vocals are creative too, just obscure enough where you can sing it in the shower but not necessarily sing along with your friends. Or maybe you can.

Anyways, it was a really nice thing to come home and listen to, and I’m thinking you guys will love it just as much as I do. It’s the perfect way to end the week 🙂

Chrome Canyon – Suspended in Gaffa

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Kate Bush – Suspended in Gaffa