|MH-053 A Lull - Weapons For War
"Weapons For War" the lead single from A Lull's debut full-length Confetti, harnesses a force of nature driven with the percussive and melodic energy of Chicago and channels it into a four-and-a-half minute wind storm. The original is complimented by three virtuoso remixes. First up is Portland's Spirituals, whose recent remix for Caribou Pitchfork called "dizzying" and who's work here is no less impressive. Fellow Chicago resident Houses masters that difficult line between the human and the machine, wrapping up a frenetic remix with a three-plus minute long ambient outro. Finally, Mush's own Melting Season fits right in, as a drummer by trade turned one-man multi-armed production mastermind. If you've not already seen it (you should hunt it down right now), the music video for "Weapons For War" directed by Anthony Ciannamea, is the glue that unifies the single's thesis: a haunting encounter between two accidents of evolution that ends in either a fragile truce or the most romantic suicide pact ever, all to the sacrilegiously sensual hymn of A Lull's composition.
|A Lull creates a vast sound far more massive than the sum of its parts - XLR8R / Pounding, layered percussion and warm vocalizing - Pitchfork / Massive and booming - Chicago Verse United / A Lull sound like Chicago - Stereogum / Accessible and captivating - Adequacy / Post-rock-style ambience - Alarm Press / Seriously. Check it out - I Guess I'm Floating
|If you'll remember with us, we premiered a brand-new song from the burgeoning post-rock artisans in Chicago's A Lull, entitled "Weapons For War." Since that song went live on our website, the boys of that band gave it a bit of a facelift in preparation for its official release as the lead track on A Lull's debut LP for the Mush label, Confetti—not to mention the Weapons For War EP (pictured above), which drops on March 1. Also on that EP are a handful of remixes, including this one from fellow Chicagoans Houses. The electro-pop-inclined pair reformat the original song's baroque layers of percussion and busied melodic elements into a simple and bubbling tune that floats somewhere in between The Postal Service's more sullen moments and that one song from the '90s about a phonebooth by Primitive Radio Gods. But instead of sampling B.B. King's bluesy vocal hooks, Houses nabs a lyric from singer Nigel Dennis—repeating "We'll all lay down when it's time to/Not one minute early/Not one minute early" before trailing off into the remix's gradual comedown. - XLR8R