Song of the Day 6/10/08: Chairlift - Evident Utensil (MGMT Remix)


Three things I like about MGMT's remix of Chairlift's "Evident Utensil":

1) it doesn't sound much like Chairlift's faux-vintage, synth-laden original
2) it doesn't sound anything like MGMT's normal instrumentation
3) it manages to find some vulnerability in Caroline Polachek's impenetrable vocals.

With regards to that last point, it's only the slightest bit. The weird kazoos and tinkling bells surrounding this mix bring it out, making this version feel more apt somehow - and therefore, more current. If you're skeptical as to how two 70s throwback / homage bands can collide to produce a sound that is very 2008, you're just going to have to click play, because I don't quite get it either. I dig each of these acts, and this track seems foreign to me, in the most satisfying way.

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Fiery Furnaces
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