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Other Mixes By superjouer

CD | Theme - Break Up
CD | Electronic
CD | Electronic

i am remembering you (you were sparkling)

Artist Song
Boards of Canada  Wildlife Analysis 
Aphex Twin  Xtal 
Pass into Silence  Voices 
Madonna  Drowned World/Substitute for Love 
The Chemical Brothers  Hold Tight London 
Kylie Minogue  Can't Get You Out of My Head 
The Postal Service  Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix) 
Junior Boys  In the Morning (Hot Chip Remix) 
Dominik Eulberg  Afraid of Seeing Stars 
Rilo Kiley  Breakin' Up (Hot Chip Remix) 
My Brightest Diamond  We Were Sparkling (Haruki Remix) 
Arovane  Instant Gods Out of the Box 
Manual  1986 


The inspiration for this mix was Hot Chip's remix of Rilo Kiley's Breakin' Up, two of my favorite artists despite RK's disappointing recent effort. Breakin' Up takes a page out of Postal Service's book. Anyone familiar with the original knows that that is a cheeky, upbeat, and even exuberant take on the end of a relationship. Hot Chip's remix removes every element of fun from the original. Jenny Lewis's voice hangs eerily over icy synth beats, and the joking tone of the original turn is turned into an angry, bitter retort that is infused with a haunting sadness. I didn't really intend for this mix to tell a story, but of course that's what it ended up doing. It is a story about love, the kind that comes to you when you are hurt and that is surrounded with the hurt you can see it bringing you. And perhaps that is the truest love of all, I don't know. The first three tracks are innocence and sadness, the solemn wandering of a romantic unmoored, able to find beauty in life, but sort of quietly resigned to loneliness, and not looking for love. During the fourth track, love and lyrics drift in for the first time. Our protagonist has given up love and sought success and happiness on their own, and has succeeded, but now in the face of this surprising new person, they realize the hollowness in the sounds of the earlier tracks, the melancholy that haunted their happiness, is because their was no love. So they give up, they give in. The next track is infused with the passion of new love, but there is still that biting doubt. There is the war between heeding the "warning," and just giving into to this terrible fear. But of course there is denial, and in this case the refrain "Don't worry, nothing can go wrong," is more of a mantra that you use to convince yourself that it's true. So now you're totally crazy in love and you can't get them out of your head and you reach such great heights, and the next two songs are in that stage of obsession, of passion, of love and addiction and the belief in perfection, but the tone stays haunting, stays desperate, stays almost sad because this is the fucking you do in the dark to stay alive, to prove that this will not fall apart. Then it does fall apart. Someone is a jerk. Someone owns up to the fact that it isn't going to work, or as is more likely in this case and with this mix, someone's terror overcomes them because they realize maybe this actually could work. And this means it could hurt even more, this is terror of being too in love. So they make up reasons it can't work, or worse, bring up the original reasons our protagonist was wary of. So of course the retaliation to this coward is, you're afraid of this love, "you're afraid of seeing stars," and there is a frantic scramble to keep them close. There is also the joy that can only come from breaking up and getting back together over and over...until the Rilo Kiley song comes in and you finally break up, and this time, does it hurt enough for you? Is your heart broken enough that you won't go back? And it is, we're breaking up, I'm breaking up. And then all that is left for you, for our protagonist, to do is to sit and remember, and to still be in love. You are clinging to those memories tight because that is the only place there is any love left to be had. The last songs are haunting sadness, a return to that wordless fog of the beginning of the mix that takes on a rhythm and then slowly, hauntingly, fades out into a fog of memory. Your former lover seems now to be only a dream, some figment of your imagination, and all you are left with is your sadness and the ghost of a memory that is ever so slowly fading away into sounds and smells and senses until all you are left with is your sadness, your aloneness and, if your are lucky, your resignation. Sendspace link includes zip file of album art, mp3 file, and tracklist. here it is.
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Date: 12/16/2007
this is awesome - would love a copy
Date: 12/19/2007