Reviews – TinPan Orange The Remix EP

This review was published on the AU review on 9/04/2014 and can be viewed here.

 

The ever-mesmerising Emily Lubitz and Tinpan Orange supporting The Cat Empire at Forum Theatre in August last year - Photograph by Lillian Altman
The ever-mesmerising Emily Lubitz and Tinpan Orange supporting The Cat Empire at Forum Theatre in August last year – Photograph by Lillian Altman

Tinpan Orange have teamed up with local producers to inject liveliness into some of their otherwise sombre gems. The Remix EP sees three tracks from the indie folkster’s fourth album release, Over The Sun (2012) being remixed by various producers.

First up is “Barcelona“. The original, which is introduced by Lubitz’ angelic humming has been transformed by Way Of The Eagle producer Jan Skubiszewski (The Cat Empire, John Butler Trio, Jackson Jackson) by injecting it with an uplifting beat and cheerful feel to the otherwise pretty flat, solemn tune. He does this by way of looping vocalist Emily Lubitz’ solemn chorus of “Slept On The Beach In Barcelona All By Myself”.

The eerie, syncopated beats of the mid release “Supergirl” have been house-ified by Laser Cat, placing all the beats in the right places.

Lastly, “Tattoo On Her Wrist“, with its Fleetwood Mac-esque intro has been transformed by Spender into a virtually unrecognisable and dare I say, more interesting track.

The remixing of the tracks show you what the band would sound like if it were to produce mainstream music. However, Tinpan Orange, who features talented local artists that not enough people know of are best listened to in their slow, emotion-evoking style of folk. Despite putting additional energy and oomph into otherwise sombre yet enjoyable tracks, it’s best to listen to these guys in the comfort of their folksy style.

Review Score: 7.3 out of 10.

The Remix EP is available now!

Emily Lubitz and husband (Cat Empire and Tinpan Orange band member) Harry Angus - Photograph by Lillian Altman
Emily Lubitz and husband (Cat Empire and Tinpan Orange band member) Harry Angus – Photograph by Lillian Altman
Tinpan Orange supporting Cat empire at Forum Theatre last year in August - Photograph by Lillian Altman
Tinpan Orange supporting Cat empire at Forum Theatre last year in August – Photograph by Lillian Altman
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