When The Horrorsâ€™ Skying was released in 2011, I was a big fan of the bandâ€™s ability to walk the line between retro and modern. I was open to the idea of a remix album, especially since the dreamy atmosphere of Skying lends itself to being reinterpreted. However, Higher is definitely not the right way to go about a remix album.
Very few elements of the original songs remain, thus eliminating what made the record so accomplished in the first place. A few of the tracks have been made completely instrumental, and in the case of â€œI Can See Through You (Blanck Mass Remix),â€ taking a four-minute song and stretching it out over eleven minutes is just unnecessary. This isnâ€™t even the longest remix on Higher.
There are some glimmers of hope. â€œDive In (The Pressure Ridges)â€ is a proper remix, adding some natural sound effects and sexy beats while preserving the original vocals. Likewise, â€œMoving Into Blue (Seahawks Skying Suite)â€ is genuinely beautiful and delicate. But for every song I enjoyed, thereâ€™s another that ruins the experience. â€œStill Life (Connan Mockasin Remix)â€ is obnoxiously slow and muddled, as though someone just decided to play the song slowly and strip it of any charm. Another remix of the same song, â€œStill Life (Still Living Still Giving Cherrytones BMX),â€ uses such shrill notes that I couldnâ€™t sit through it because of the pain it inflicted.
I wonâ€™t count it against The Horrors for trying to put out different interpretations of Skying. Having said that, Higher is definitely worth ignoring.