Ellie Goulding’s Lights has been a huge sleeper hit stateside and as a result has been remixed to buggery by virtually everyone out there. It has to be said that a lot of these mixes are very inferior. So you can understand why when we saw what appeared to be yet another version of the song dropping into our inbox we uttered a weary sigh of resignation and almost pressed delete before even giving it the time of day. Thankfully something stopped us. That something was the involvement of Los Angeles producer Dr Rosen Rosen. This is the man who has produced and co-written with previous Breaking More Waves blog crush odd ball Meg Myers and has turned in remixes for the likes of La Roux and M.I.A.
Wanderhouse is his new project with Portland singer Marie Moreshead (we assume the dog pictured above isn't part of the creative part of the machine) and their version of Lights (a cover not a remix) gets right to the bone, stripping the beats and electronica away to form something sensual, evocative and brooding. Add to that their earlier Hype Machine smash Use Me Up, a powerful yet intricate song whose lyrics could have easily come from the aforementioned Meg Myers repertoire: “You can use me up and I’ll give you everything. Chew me up and spit me out, I’ll love you anyway,” and you have a band / project that are deserving of your attention. What’s even better is that both tracks are free to download. How good is that? You know what to do....
Wanderhouse - Lights
Wanderhouse - Use Me Up