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(This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan
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Save for such iconic sisters as Tujiko Noriko, Björk, and Barbara Morgenstern, few records in recent days have married abstract-electro complexity with melancholy pop-song form as well as Dntel's Life Is Full of Possibilities, the first real proper-type album for L.A.-based electro-cat Jimmy Tamborello. Even if he took the wuss's way out and invited a whole bunch of guest vocalists (Rachel Haden, Mia Doi Todd, Chris Gunst) on board, it's still commendable that Tamborello felt brave enough to break free from the ranks of pedagogic geekophiles who hold abstract-electronic music in a no-emotion/no-fun grip. Pulled as the second single from the record, "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan" unfolds out to EP length on its own, and serves up a bunch of B-sides of dazzling quality. Normally, remixes on single versions are tacked-on release-padders, usually done strictly for the bucks. But here, the right folk have been brought in to rework the title cut, itself a melancholy moment in which distorted click-house beats shroud the particularly sad, nostalgic, verbose lyrics/vocals of Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard. First, Bay Area soft-tech cutiepie Safety Scissors — perhaps Dntel's closest musical comparison — brings a more playful, light touch to proceedings, bringing the beats back to a softer, more circumspect level as his guest vocalist, Erlend Øye of rainy-day new-Simon-&-Garfunkel Norwegian acoustic-croon duo Kings of Convenience, is pushed to the fore. Morgenstern herself shows up and turns the tune into a duet, unveiling her caressing flutters of analog organ and bit-crushed beats as she warbles her own vocals before, in, around, and after Gibbard's original oral delivery. Another soft-lectro-pop favorite, Valerie Trebeljahr's burble/harmony outing Lali Puna, turns up and tunes out the vocals, concentrating, instead, on gurgling analog synth lines and babbling beats. Kompakt recording artist Superpitcher takes the minimal-techno head-nodder club-pop tack, ensconcing the track's vocals in a clicked-out rhythm. And, finally, Dntel himself lets out a contemplative, organ-draped skitter-beat B-side, "Your Hill," in which he finds the time to get behind the mic himself and murmur in most pillowhaired fashion.

by Anthony Carew

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