Trip-folk band "Husky Rescue" are about to release their second album, "Ghost is Not Real." One of the singles coming out in advance is "Diamonds in the Sky," a dreamy little guitar ballad, and this little EP has four remixes -- ranging from trippy to technoey -- sprinkled on as an addition.
The original song is a fragile, tissue-thin folk song, with guitar infused with little waves of synth. "I'm closing my eyes/and fly at your restless nights/the angels they smile on/my flight," Reeta-Leena Korhola sings warmly over the mellow music. It's a ballad for a dreamy summer night, even in winter.
Then it's followed by the Emperor Machine Vocal Mix, an urgent buildup of bubbling synth and hard techno beats; the Emperor Machine Dub Mix is virtually identical musically. The Tuung Remix is a delicate, slightly blippy remix that sounds like a shy computer, and the Deaf Stereo Mix is a bouncy, catchy club-style techno song.
It's worth noting that of all the "Diamonds in the Sky" remixes, the only one that actually resembles the original is the delicate, slightly electronic Tuung remix. But the others are decent songs as well, even if the beats tend to overwhelm the original melody.
It's undeniable that the original is a gorgeous song -- swaths of warm, breezy synth wrapped around a mellow guitar melody, and Korhola's smooth voice singing as if from a dream. The Tuung remix just makes it a bit sparklier, and both show off the band's skill with beautiful, shimmering instrumentals.
The techno ones are not quite as good, but they are good techno -- solid beats, complex melodies, and the Emperor Dub and Vocal Mixes have a wonderfully taut, razor-sharp, but still sultry edge to their sound. And that rising electronic hum makes it feel like a musical bomb that's just ready to go off -- delicious stuff.
"Diamonds in the Sky" is a lovely song, and the remixes are all pretty good -- some of them smother most of the original melody, but it's still a good little EP.