Flume remixes Arcade Fire in longform bout of sonic exploration
One of Australia’s most forward-thinking talents – best known by the name of Flume – has undertaken an ambitious project for his latest release. Flume’s newest material comes by way of a deep, expansive remix of Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife.” The original tune, featured on the band’s daring Reflektor album, melodically explores the difficult union of love and loss, beautifully examining the void experienced by loved ones left behind. Flume’s 10-minute rendition magnifies some of these raw emotional expressions, as the burgeoning producer delivers a progressive yet moody rework.
Flume swaps the original tune’s lyrical appeal for his signature ambient soundscapes, stripping the song down to a minimum and delving into the underlying meaning of the track. Nimble hi-hats glide over the subtle beat as the remix bends and weaves around convoluted vocal loops and sampling. While Arcade Fire’s original take employs a little more of a charismatic temperament, Flume’s B-side rework shows poise, reservation, and takes much more of a risk as it traverses into faraway, unidentified territories. In an elegant departure from the vast majority of releases currently underway, Flume offers up an admirable remix to an extremely challenging venture.