ReMix: NiGHTS into dreams... "Lies Within Dreams"

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Know what's awesome? Here's what's awesome:

  1. LuIzA just got a badass scholarship to Berklee! Congrats - well-deserved!
  2. Sega recently released NiGHTS HD on PSN & XBLA! Purple pants in 1080P!!
  3. This ReMix!

Our heartfelt congratulations to LuIzA - it's great to see talent & hard work get rewarded! This funky jam off Lucid Dreaming shows a totally different side of her, too, with less emphasis on guitars, some downright dirty organ solos, and an unorthodox injection of ethnic flavors towards the end. She writes:

"When Stevo came to me about this track, I immediately fell in love with it. It instantly gave off this funky feeling with an exotic vibe to it, for some reason, it also immediately made me think, for some reason, of Aladdin.... I dunno why, maybe it was because of the main melody and its exoticness that suggested some sort of (middle-)eastern flair, that said, the whole song just begged for a Disney sized Hans Zimmer-ish superproduction treatment, so I gave my best shot. Guitars took a back seat and the rest was sequenced by mouse, I'm afraid I'm retarded with a MIDI keyboard. Thus my track was born and I had a blast making it, hope everyone enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it."

That main chromatic riff is CRAZY catchy - I find myself humming it all the time, with funky rhythm guitar lines accompanying me in my mind. There are perhaps a few, small moments on the organ solo where you might guess that it was mouse-sequenced, but it's definitely a major feat in my book to tackle this style of arrangement in that fashion, so kudos. Album director Stevo writes:

"Luiza is a guitar beast, regardless of the genre she aims for. Guitar is not the main focus of the track, but that doesn't stop it from maintaining her standard of quality. Inspired both by 70's disco and by Arabic music, this song is funky, with a fever for organ, piano, and strings. The guitars serve greatly as rhythm and reinforcing instruments, with funky bass to keep the groove going at all times. In the deep of the sea, disco is still alive."

Judges weren't as in love with the source tune itself, and preferred the ReMixer's version; Emunator writes:

"Very cool take on the source, I like how the solos blend pretty seamlessly with the original source usage. Some awesome performances/writing, especially on the piano and guitar. The bagpipes didn't sit well with me when they took a role in the backing instrumentation, though I thought it was okay as a lead. Either way, it's a stylistic thing that I'm not sure I'd hold against Luiza here ...It's a little weird but it makes perfect sense for the source and definitely feels above the bar to me."

I thought that sounded like a bagpipe... at least the chanter portion. It doesn't remind me much of Hans Zimmer or Alan Menken's score to Aladdin, to be honest, but it's so funky and flagrantly multi-instrumental (& -cultural) that it doesn't matter - what a strange source, what a strange arrangement, and what skills to pull it off and make it something that works, and is kind of like a musical roller-coaster. Definitely a unique addition to Lucid Dreaming - congratulations to LuIzA for a mix that really expands her repertoire & for the great news about school!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 10 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Black_Doom
on 2014-10-12 11:24:00

Actually, the mix is divided into some parts, but they work together pretty well. Oh my, that guitar is so funky! The choir at 0:50 was a nice touch. Damn, the piano is really bouncy here. I also like how the organ repeats the melody played by the guitar for the first time. Arabic part ftw! Awesome mix. It deserves more reviews.

Crulex
on 2013-10-09 14:42:16

Yeah, now that's funky! I just love hearing the organ and piano going to work here, and I can say that the Zurna really helped nail down the Middle Eastern sound. Unexpected (for what preceded it) and interesting. Great ReMix and a great part of the album.

TillyFun
on 2012-10-19 15:41:06

Oh, wow, this is a nice surprise :D Much different than Neo Fire Cross, but just as cool.

Yeh... pleasant and cool. ^_^

... I thought them's were bagpipes too at first XD I should know better. Congrats on the awesome uni offer regardless ;3 You rock!

Melbu Frahma
on 2012-10-15 21:42:36
I think it's Turkish in origin though.

I believe you're right - I think I read that somewhere.

Oh, and figured out how I missed this when I d/led the album... apparently, the track got corrupted in the d/l, and I never noticed. :-(

SwordBreaker
on 2012-10-15 21:23:57

Just to clarify something though, the bagpipe sounding thing is actually a Zurna. And it's my new favorite instrument, always looking for an excuse to use it in a song. :P

The Egyptians love using this instrument in weddings and celebrations. Even some mainstream songs have it. I think it's Turkish in origin though. Immediately gives a Middle Eastern vibe.

LuIzA
on 2012-10-15 20:18:20

Thanks djp and everyone for the kind words! :)

And yeah, it really doesn't sound like Aladdin's sountrack or Zimmer's work, but they were huge inspirations, I can only hope I can be a fraction of their awesome one day.

Just to clarify something though, the bagpipe sounding thing is actually a Zurna. And it's my new favorite instrument, always looking for an excuse to use it in a song. :P

WesternZypher
on 2012-10-15 19:05:47

Congrats, LulzA!

This is great change of pace to listen to, although I can't wait her next piece of guitar wailing badassery, it's refreshing and one of the mixes I listen to most from that album (the other is Slumber on a City Corner). Only thing I found just a tiny bit jarring was the ending - I almost though the file had downloaded properly.

Melbu Frahma
on 2012-10-15 18:59:30

Mad congrats to LuIzA!

Really digging this funky track; I don't know how, but I must've overlooked it somehow when I first downloaded the album. Definitely a fun, different song.

SwordBreaker
on 2012-10-15 17:26:40

Really happy for Luiza. Definitely one of my favorite remixers and deserves the best. Great work as usual. As an Arab, I can say that the Middle Eastern influence mid-track is spot on. While it's a weird mesh of genres at first, it definitely holds up well. I'm a fan of organ snyth and funky electric guitars.

djpretzel
on 2012-10-15 17:06:02

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