9/10 Mike Staff review, 01 May 2014
Hot on the heels of their latest album, Thee Silver Mt Zion Basketball Choir and Handstand Band return with a remix 12". It's not remixes of songs from the new album, though, that'd be too obvious. These are actually dramatic reinventions of 'Hang On To Each Other' from 2005's brilliant 'Horses In The Sky', transformed from a lo-fi campfire lament into a pair of pulsating disco bangers.
On side A is 'Any Fucking Thing You Love' and on side B is 'Birds Loss Precious Flowers'. The former is the dancefloor filler of the two I think, bold and heavy synths, a tasty little 808 bassline blooping along playfully, a hard disco-house beat and diva-esque vocals courtesy of their buddy Ariel Engle. By the end it's a seething mass of bloopy, distorted synths with an almost Factory Floor-esque naive aggression to it. The lack of guitars and use of a different vocalist means that even though these new versions are performed by Silver Mt Zion they have a different feel altogether and I wouldn't have been surprised if someone told me it was a different group of musicians performing this. Which isn't to say it's not great.
The cut on the other side is driftier and more cosmic with some cool synth phasing and vocals that are all echoed and reverbed into weird shifting layers, more deep house and less disco than the A side but still really well executed. It's making me think they should start up a synth-psych side-project and explore these beat-driven avenues a little more thoroughly. They're surprisingly good at it.
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