Tegan And Sara – “I Was A Fool (Chuck Inglish Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

The lighters-up mid-tempo piano ballad “I Was A Fool” is probably the straight-up poppiest song Tegan And Sara have ever recorded, yet hearing it remixed is still quite a trip, especially with Cool Kids ringleader Chuck Inglish turning it into ominous trap-informed club music. Tegan Quin certainly thinks so; on the band’s website, she shared some thoughts about the upcoming I Was A Fool Remixed EP:

I remember hearing a Mylo remix of “Walking With A Ghost” back in 2006 and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. As an indie rock musician it was mind blowing to hear our music remixed. I had never thought our music would be re-imagined that way and in that genre.

Nowadays it’s much more common / almost expected that a band will release remixes. But, I have to admit, the feeling of awe when I hear our music on a dance floor hasn’t waned over the years.

This collection of remixes is my favourite batch yet. “I Was A Fool” was much more difficult to envision as an electronic song for me. I worried about how it would alter the mood and emotional integrity of the song. As the remixes came in, I realized that in many ways it allowed the song to breath more and the emotional intensity in the song was even more glaring. Plus, I think this batch of artists just made some super cool tracks! I could not be happier with how they all turned out!

Inglish’s version of “I Was A Fool” slaps, and it puts an entirely different emotional spin on a song that was originally a wistful reminiscence. Hear him bring the track’s dark fringes to the fore below.

I Was A Fool Remixed is out 9/30 via Warner Bros.