Review: Dead Leaf Echo – Verisimilitude

The prospect of a remix album by Dead Leaf Echo, a group of shoegaze revivalists, may not excite many but then the limited run of hundred hand-numbered copies is surely designed to be a fans-only endeavour. Endorsements of shoegaze favourites Chapterhouse and Ulrich Schnauss certainly help and here the NYC act have enlisted members of Auburn Lull, Elika and esteemed 4AD producer John Fryer to stamp their own identity on songs from last year’s ‘Truth’ album.

Fryer applies thick echo-heavy percussion and bubbling electronica to ‘Half Truth’. RxGibbs is better known for being a member of dreampop act Auburn Lull and here he adds a trademark gossamer shimmer to ‘Act Of Truth’. This is arguably the most worthwhile remix since it represents the best of both worlds: a new vision of the song but the underlying melody of the original is faithfully respected. Kudos too for MVH’s menacing trip-hop take of ‘Woolgathering’, whilst Dead Leaf Echo themselves add a nocturnal chill-out version of ‘Act Of Truth’ for good measure.

Essentially ‘Verisimilitude’ is what one would expect from a remix album. There are several inspired diversions here which make it a worthwhile companion piece to the original album.

Web Sites:
Dead Leaf Echo Official Site
Dead Leaf Echo MySpace
Custom Made Music Label and Shop Site
Download Page for ‘Verisimilitude’

Further Listening:
Auburn Lull, Pale Saints, Elika

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