Noisey are streaming Justin Broadrick’s remix of ‘The Cliff’ by Chicago’s esteemed instrumental quartet Pelican, taken from their new EP on Southern Lord to be released this month.
As Noisey writes, “Pelican’s atmospheric craftwork paired along with the electronic syntax and pulse of Broadrick create an immediate call and response dialogue between what two contradictory sounds. What might otherwise provide a point of well-meaning but no less unsuccessful juxtaposition in many other songs is the most remarkable thing here. The success is due in large part to both artists’ familiarity with each other and an understanding of the raw power that comes with vulnerability in sound. Broadrick’s restrained but no less evocative interpretation of “The Cliff” is a testament to both to his creative respect for what’s given Pelican their characteristic sound as well as to the band’s easily adaptable framework here that works to form yet another brilliant dynamic to an already outstanding song.”
About The Cliff EP…
Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” (which you can still listen to here) as the members behind the music, a claim those who have listened to Epley’s contribution on “Final Breath” from 2009’s What We All Come To Need will attest to. Elsewhere on the record, Justin Broadrick and AH/BCM turn in fresh takes of the source material, feeling less like remixes than new compositions reworked from the original source. Rounding out the set is the previously unreleased song “The Wait”, a contemplative semi-acoustic simmer that builds to an explosion of cathartic distortion and melody in true Pelican fashion.
THE CLIFF TRACKLIST
1. The Cliff (Vocal Version)
2. The Cliff (Justin K. Broadrick remix)
3. The Cliff (AH & BCM remix)
4. The Wait
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