Earlier this year, Chad VanGaalen released Shrink Dust, an effort notable for its dark lyrics and haunting, electronic-folk instrumentation. So, having New York synth-rock outfit Hooray For Earth remix album standout “Where Are You?” is like the scene in a high school rom-com where the popular girls give the goth kid a preppy makeover. Sure, he ends up looking gorgeous, but wasn’t his inner beauty there all along?
“Where Are You?” goes from being a menacing, noisy experimentation to a shimmery, dance-ready summer anthem. Here, VanGaalen’s industrial percussion is replaced with snappy drums, bouncing bass lines, and a rather choppy guitar line reminiscent of an early Nile Rodgers. Even VanGaalen’s typically spooky vocals sound upbeat and vigorous with the new, more glossy sheen.
Listen to the remix below: