Sufjan Stevens // Radiohead
It’s been a really long time since we’ve done an update on this little playlist. This first song is about 6 years old now and it’s a classic off Sufjan Stevens Illinoise. His whispery vocals float across the top of a wonderfully put together song. Steel strung guitar, a banjo plinking along in the background and some trumpet that has a great little refrain – it really is delightful. A slightly absurd word to use to describe music, granted, but spot on for this song. It’s also nice to have something folksy on here, I think you’ll agree.
The next song for today is kind of in two parts. The reason for this is that the original is a truly excellent song, but the remix is every bit as good. They are also both lazy and songs you can really sit back to. The Radiohead original is beautiful and unsettling, with Thom Yorke’s singing cutting through the song and jarring slightly. On AmpLive’s rehash, he’s put down a hip hop beat and turned the vocals down a bit so that they sit in the song, rather than lead it. Del Tha Funky Homosapien raps a couple of verses and, while this song is more uptempo than the original, the sample of Thom’s piano playing from the original means the character of ‘Videotape’ really shines through in ‘Video Tapez’.