And the Phoenix remixes keep on coming. In fact, after releasing “1901”, “Lisztomania”, and recently “Fences” for free in their multitrack form giving free reign to remixers the world over, Phoenix is now set to release an official remix album originally titled, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Remix Collection) due out in digital form October 13th on Glassnote/Loyauté.
The Wolfgang remix collection includes the amazing Animal Collective remixing “Love Like A Sunset”, thus fusing two of my favorite bands (who without coincidence, created two of the best albums of 2009). The remix collection also includes the previously mentioned Devendra Banhart Remix of “Rome” as well as 13 other remixes involving some other known bands such as YACHT, Friendly Fires, Passion Pit, The Soft Pack, and Alex Metric among others.
Animal Collective’s Deakin (aka Josh Dibbs) appears to have taken the helm on this enjoyable AC remix (he also successfully handled the remixing duties on the “Ratatat – Mirando (Animal Collective Remix)”), which comes as no surprise since he’s had time off (for personal reasons) while the rest of Animal Collective (Avey Tare/Dave, Panda Bear/Noah, and Geologist/Brian) have been busy touring the globe in support of the critically acclaimed Merriweather Post Pavilion. Deakin has been formally away from the band since 2007 in regards to touring and the recording of MPP but plans to return soon. Deakin had this to say about the Phoenix remix,
“This spring I was in Panama with Brian. We were cramped into a van on a bumpy, winding central american road going a little too fast. Feeling a little edgy, I put on my headphones and listened to United and Alphabetical back to back. I watched passing fruit stands, a sweet central american dusk and memories of the massive schools of jelly fish, snapper, and trevally; the few dolphin and even the few bluefin tuna (too few) that brian and i had just had the joy of diving with the blend of all of these things put me at ease.
Phoenix has been a staple for all four of us since Dave and Noah brought home United from the record store they used to work at. One of the records that would get us through some of those long cross country tour drives, we’ve listened to phoenix’s jams many many times. We were all totally psyched to get asked to do this and it was super fun to work on it.
All the best to those dudes”