Bjork’s last album, Volta, was mostly a mess. Boasting collaborations with artists from all over the globe (Konono No. 1, Timbaland, Antony Hegarty, among others), it tried to appeal to everyone and instead sounded like Bjork’s most unfocused work in years. Thankfully, though, Bjork has managed to salvage the project by issuing a series of singles from the album, all of which contain new takes on its material.
Ratatat’s remix of “Wanderlust” is the best of these new versions, perhaps because their take sounds very little like the original. Replacing Bjork’s claustrophobic horns and fuzz bass with a giant guitar army and skittering electronics, the Brooklyn-based duo’s remix is a lot more fun and a more engaging listen. Slow-building and spacious, it’s better than anything on Volta. Count me among those shocked by the fact that nobody has offered Ratatat an album-length production opportunity yet. They deserve it.
Look, I don’t want to be “that guy”, but how are we all forgetting what happened at Duke University last fall? I shouldn’t have to remind anyone about that case, but I will. Three innocent students were prematurely indicted by an out-of-line rogue attorney, and his manipulation of evidence captivated the entire country while completely destroying the lives of those kids.
And though this is to an admittedly smaller degree, at least on the national scale, it seems like the same kind of case. It’s the accused’s word versus the word of the accuser. How can we arbitrarily side with the accuser just because the media has so willingly done so? And as for using Facebook as a way to identify someone who attacked you in a flash in the dark of night? Please.
Despite what this looks like, I’m not taking sides, but it seems I’m about the only person remaining neutral. As far as I can remember, people in the United States are always innocent until proven guilty, and nothing at all has been proven. While hateful slurs have no place in our society, due process does, and we need to heed the lessons learned from the Duke case and wait this out before we destroy the potentially good name of one of our own.