M83 Remixes White Lies

Once you strip White Lies’ “Nothing To Give” to its core components, there’s no question the band picked the best possible artist to remix it. There’s Harry McVeigh’s aching, echoing vocal; that overarching adolescence to its “When you said goodbye, I almost died” emotion; even the synths, and strings, and stadium guitars — all perfectly calibrated for Anthony Gonzalez to work his reinterprative skills. M83 largely abandons the original tracks, though, choosing chilled keyboard tones and whale-song-like patches dialed to his own brand of epic sentimentality, and wisely deletes the guitars entirely, replacing their more manufactured climax with a slow rise that takes six-and-a-half minutes to fully bloom. Really the remix hinges on McVeigh’s voice, which is smart because it’s the original track’s strongest asset; try the second verse, where M83 frames the lead vocal by simultaneously pinging clips of it to either side, like sending McVeigh down a hall of funhouse mirrors. Oh, the melodrama. We then spend a minute recalling the Knife before the release valve on everything is slowly let go for the big finish. Not the first time M83’s used this formula, but it is a great example of why, especially in the face of remix glut, an M83 reworking is still worth something.

White Lies – “Nothing To Give (M83 Remix)” (MP3)

The original:

White Lies are coming to the States this summer, most dates opening for Kings Of Leon:
08/07 – Chicago, IL (Lollapalooza)
08/09 – Calgary, ALB (V Festival)
09/25 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Headline Show)
09/26 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Theatre (Headline Show)
09/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center*
09/30 – St Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center*
10/03 – Oklahoma City @ OK Ford Center*
10/04 – Austin TX (Austin City Limits Festival)
10/06 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center*
10/07 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center*
10/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena*
10/10 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena*
10/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center*
10/16 – Nashville, TN @ Sommet Center*
* w/Kings Of Leon

Tags: M83, White Lies