Purity Ring slow down the “Applause” in their Lady Gaga remix.
They say that opposites attract. And while that’s true in love, it’s often even better in music. The coming together of two artists with almost nothing in common can make for some truly surprising results. (Elvis Costello and The Roots, anyone?) That in mind, you’d be hard-pressed to find two acts aesthetically farther apart than Lady Gaga and electronic music duo Purity Ring, but the latter’s remix of “Applause” gives us a taste of what a (somewhat) more insular Gaga might sound like.
Listen to Lady Gaga’s “Applause” (Purity Ring remix) after the jump.
Purity Ring, who we tapped as one of our favorite breakthrough artists of 2012, are as shrinkingly demure in sound and as inwardly reflective in lyrical content as Gaga is outwardly brash and bold. They’re both, however, delightfully weird. (Check out Purity Ring’s “Fine Shrine” for exhibit A.)
The remix here, which is set to appear on Gaga’s forthcoming Applause Remix EP (dropping Oct. 1), meets somewhere in the middle. Purity Ring strips out “Applause”‘s central pop-house synth riff, slows down the pace, and bends and folds the propulsive vocal inwards on itself in a clipping repetition that sounds like it might’ve come from Purity Ring’s Shrines album. Curiously, there’s also an aggressive bro-step break down toward the end.
In all, Purity Ring’s “Applause” is a nice diversion, and it’s always fun to see how different artists approach a song from their own skewed perspectives, but in this case we’ll probably still stick to Gaga’s original and Purity Ring’s own brittle ice flowers of heartbreak.
+ Listen to Lady Gaga’s “Applause” (Purity Ring remix).
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