I have been waiting for new music from Interpol,
and this is what i get. Not exactly new material, really, but
two new versions of their excellent Obstacle 1 track
from, well, the
only album they have!
The A side features Arthur Baker's Return to New York Mix
- Edit. This is a proper rock band remix -- it takes no
serious liberties with the song. The mix is very true to the
original, merely with a slightly funkier drum riff (but not
an electronic sounding one by any stretch, oh dear me no!),
the occasional wierd sound in the background, and, well, some
slight structural changes (this guitar riff goes on for a measure
longer, etc.) On the whole - yawn! You call this a remix? I
dunno who Arthur Baker is, but he is no Aphex Twin. Next time,
Interpol, hire a real electronic artist and go all out. This
is, actually, pretty lame.
The B side, on the other hand is interesting, it features Interpol
live in Black Session in France Inter. radio, so this
is live in a radio studio, complete with studio audience who
cheer at the end. Anyway, live you hear a different version
of the song. First of all, it is slight faster, especially the
guitar bit at the beginning. Secondly, the voice is ... rougher.
It feels more real to me without the slickness of production
to it. In general, this version seems more honest than either
the A side or the studio version. I am particularly fascinated
because somehow i have managed to miss Interpol on each of their
recent trips to Atlanta. Based on this, i really should make
more of an effort to see them.
So, this single is a mixed bag. I cannot enthusiasticaly recommend
it, but if you are an Interpol fan, the atrocious remix on the
A side will be funny for a few listens, so there is that. And
the live version on the B side is great all around, which sort
of neutralizes the lame remix on side A and makes this an average
So, i dunno. I guess this one is for fans only.