Manipulant – What Good Are The Stars?

Heads up, folks, Manipulant is back with new music, dropping July 4, 2018! 

I am honoured to receive the tracks of this single in advance of release, and I am here today to tell you about it. All the details you need for this release will be below the following thoughts…

There are four tracks here, all titled What Good Are The Stars, though one features a special guest, and two are remixes. Check it out…

01 What Good Are The Stars swings along on a sweet urban groove, open and breezy and big-sounding. The electronics wash in and out as he posits his questions, and the piano catches your ear in a haunting way. This is a feel good track, I love the bass line. It’s thought-provoking and beautiful at the same time.

02 What Good Are The Stars (with Beltism)(Beltism Burnt Umber Mix) brings the drums to the fore with cool snare rumbles to boot, and brings back the brilliant piano stabs of the original track. The feel here is perfectly matched to the contemplative nature of the tune.

03 What Good Are The Stars (featuring Jennifer Doll) is next. Here we have the original track with Doll’s harmony vocals added to the mix. Damn, that extra layer makes a strong track even better! Manipulant’s deeper vocals contrast nicely with Doll’s, and I love the inflections she adds. This one really, really draws the ear! 

04 The Anisotropic Mix turns the bass fuzzy, adds different wonky electronics, a filtered-sounding cowbell-like percussion for texture (while removing the piano parts), and adds broad echoes to the vocals. It’s the soundtrack of a dream sequence in an avant-garde film. Awesome!

In Sum:

You know, a lot of remixes seem superfluous to me, but these are four very different looks at the same track, a creative and artistic feat that shows intent and willingness to boldly play with the recipe. I highly recommend all four! This is truly superb work.

The pre-order is available RIGHT HERE!!!

 

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Manipulant – What Good Are The Stars?

Newbury, 06/07/18-Lancaster, PA based artist Manipulant (David Speakman) releases the single “What Good are the Stars?” – catalog number SBCE008 on Submarine Broadcasting Company. The single features four versions, including a guest vocal from Jennifer Doll, two remixes. The original utilizes swirling keys over a melodic bass and percussion that surround melancholy vocals. 

I also received this message from David, about the release date: 

“Heads up… it is hitting on July 4th… The version featuring Jennifer Doll is being played on In the Moog on Wednesday and New Music Saturday on, well, Saturday.”

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Here are the lyrics of the track:

What  Good  are  the  Stars?
What  good  is  the  sky?
What  good  is  the  moon?
What  use  are  these  eyes if they  can’t  see  you?  

What  good  are  the  clouds?
What  good  is  the  rain
If  it’s  not  allowed
To  wash  away  pain?  

What  good  are  the  stars
when  they  don’t  know  where  you  are?
What  good  are  the  clouds?
What  good  is  the  rain
If  it’s  not  allowed
To  wash  away  pain?  

What  good  are  the  stars?
What  good  are  the  stars?
What  good  are  the  stars? 

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Posted on June 28, 2018, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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