Good things come to those who wait. The long-anticipated Land of Light debut, a masterpiece of an album and pillar of the ESP Institute, was unveiled in late 2012, slowly followed by the gorgeous Remixed - II. Since then, many have longed for the missing first half of this two-part package... the Universe is kind and has finally delivered Remixed - I. On side A, Kuniyuki Takahashi (mastering engineer behind seminal ESP releases, and legend in his own right) took the bull by the horns remixing Flares—a piece of music so entrenched in melancholy, with such fluid performance and production, its hard to imagine anyone taking it deeper—he has unarguably triumphed. On side B, ESP Institute veterans Tambien rose to the same challenge with Flares, the Bavarians taking a refreshing uptempo approach, a contrast to the swells of guitar and synth. Closing the release is the Seahawks’ blissful re-imagination of Bell Rock Outpost, slowly and steadily setting sail into a dusky vision of the Scottish lighthouse after which the song was named.
Published: 3rd March 2016