Eydís Evensen Remix Project
Eydís Evensen Remix Project
“BYLUR REMIXED”: “Wandering II” Ed Carlsen Rework
Toronto, June 11, 2021 – BYLUR, the debut album by Icelandic pianist and post-classical composer EYDÍS EVENSEN, is a deeply personal collection of songs that spanned twenty years of her life. “It’s all my ups and downs,” she says, “and reflects my emotional journey.” And, for the next step in her artistic journey with XXIM Records, Sony’s new imprint for innovative, post-genre instrumental music, she’s given seven of BYLUR’s tracks to friends and colleagues to be remixed, leaving her stories in their hands to see how they would change.
“Collaborating with other fellow artists is an inspiring process for me,” says Evensen of the project she always envisioned as part of BYLUR’s musical universe. “It creates a broader musical space to work within and around.” With BYLUR’s thirteen pieces written mainly for piano, with additional strings, brass and electronics on a number of tracks, Evensen selected artists who’d take her fragile songs in a very different direction while staying true to her artistic and emotional energy.
“This beautiful collaborative space has sparked incredible reworks and remixes, which I am so grateful to be able to share with the world,” she adds. “It’s been incredible to hear all of the artists’ different interpretations of the pieces from BYLUR.” Those interpretations are captivating and magical, each remix reimagining Evensen’s rich, nuanced compositions and building on her brilliance.
The first release from BYLUR REMIXED is Ed Carlsen’s interpretation of ‘Wandering II’. “I chose this track because I loved how Eydís combined her elegant piano playing with string and brass textures,” says the Italian composer and producer noted for his expertise in blending elements from modern classical music, such as intimate piano and strings, with electronic beats and ambient soundscapes. “This immediately inspired me to give it a new ‘environment’, something darker that recalls the landscapes she was herself influenced by. Only after choosing it did I realised it was called ‘Wandering II’ – as a wanderer myself, I’m not surprised it struck the right chord within me.”
BYLUR REMIXED features remixes from six other innovative, creative young talents. Franco-American Uèle Lamour, one of contemporary music’s most exciting composers, arrangers, producers, and conductors, reworks ‘Circulations’, turning the original’s wistful strings into vibrant, otherworldly synth washes and loops. Limerick-based producer and composer Paddy Mulcahy, known for his diversity as an artist and acclaimed work in ambient and electronic music, also takes on ‘Wandering II’, transforming Evensen’s melancholic piano lines with a glitchy beat, subtle hints of brass, and electronic interludes.
Slow Meadow, the solo musical project of Houston native Matt Kidd, applies his mastery of atmospheric ambient chamber music to ‘Fyrir Mikael’, adding atmospheric layers and deepening the song’s emotional resonance. French electro producer Thylacine reinterprets ‘Wandering I’ with his unique vision, a crisp beat and subtle electronic elements giving the track a sense of drive and movement. Faroese producer, songwriter, and electronic musician Janus Rasmussen, famed for his melodic brand of experimental electronic music, completely transforms the dramatic piano motifs of ‘Dagdramur’ into a driving storm of electro, the thumping beat and fat synth tones only occasionally ceding ground to the original piano lines.
Among the most striking of all is the new version of ‘Midnight Moon’, the only track on BYLUR to feature vocals (they were provided by award-winning Icelandic singer GDRN). For BYLUR REMIXED, ‘Midnight Moon’ was reworked by American producer and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Winrich, who transforms the original’s quiet melancholy into something a little brighter, a little more colourful.