Indoor Voices – rmxd (Self-Release)

Combining the shrapnel from a multitude of Canadian indie bands, Toronto based Indoor Voices - spearheaded by Junetile alum Jonathan Relph - put out their debut EP Nevers less than a year ago. Featuring skeletal post-rock soundscapes and ethereal, nocturnal dreampop, the EP clearly showcased the talent of the fledgling band, and the potential they possess. Nevers had weary vocals, vacant emptiness rivalling The xx and an awe-inspiring knack for grandiose minimalism. The remix EP, then, has lot to live up to.

Released Aug 6th, 2012 via self-release / By Larry Day
Indoor Voices – rmxd (Self-Release) Immediately, the Jamie Bunton rework of titular track 'Nevers' injects an in-your-face energy, with quivering, choppy synths and new wave drums. It's dark electronic music to the point it verges on gothronica, but the M83-esque synth arpeggios in the re-hashed chorus save it from spiralling into a pit of post-industrial depression. The other version of 'Nevers' by Daisyland is an echoing take on the original. The crawling vocals are backed by ambient, cyclic synths, which build into a haunting climax, as if Sigur Rós were orchestrating the soundtrack to the end of the world.

'Concrete', remixed by Marco Polo turns the post-rock fare into an 80s indie gem, with a New Order-ish blend of synthetic synthesizers and hollow drums. The lethargic rhythm is highlighted by twinkling high-register keys, and Indoor Voices' trembling guitars are transposed onto a far more unnerving string section. The White Flashes version of '38 Stories' is a dishevelled indietronica cut, with coarse fractal vocals overtaken by bristling D'N'B percussion and dreamy pads. Daisyland (who's the only artist to proffer two remixes) takes 'Bastard Fear', an instrumental experimentation, and samples a version of the poem 'Rondeau' by James Leigh Hunt in the intro. The reimagined track is uplifting, with soaring piano motifs and the occasional gong burst disrupting flickering electronics.

Indoor Voices' Nevers is a veritable treasure trove of blissful dream-rock, expansive and sprawling whilst simultaneously being infinitely introspective. The remix EP takes that theme, and runs far into the horizon with it. It's a medley of different electronic styles, covering most genres in the spectrum. The original EP stands on it's own terms, and so does rmxd- it manages to assume its own identity, flowing free and exploring hidden depths within the sound of Nevers.