Sanchez Is Driven by Demons

All Systems Are Ghosts: Remnant

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Doing a full remix of an album soon after its release has almost become de rigueur in the 21st century in some corners, but doing it entirely oneself is something else again. Thus All Systems Are Ghosts: Remnant, where Sanchez Is Driven by Demons, having created their best release yet, proceeded to rework the entire album track by track. Intent is one thing, but result another though happily, Remnant is an intriguing release if only because it's a logical counterpart to the original -- if that was Sanchez mostly exploring electronic textures and loops, then at many points Remnant brings in a bit more of the epic rock scope that helped inspire the band in the first place. It's more by implication than anything else, to be sure, with thicker feedback washes and more prominent if often still muffled drums suggesting louder atmospheres instead of fully bringing them to the fore. The resultant changes to the songs vary -- "Wash the Spiders Away" and "A Thousand Frequencies" get the general changes mentioned earlier, while "The Shape" gets turned into the album's longest song, a quite haunting ten-minute arrangement of guitar, drums and quiet keyboards lost in a vast space. Elsewhere, the band extends the zoning and drifting qualities of the originals to new areas -- "Reinventing the Power Plant" becomes a mournful arc of dramatic swells of sound that then ebb back into silence -- while many songs become the briefest of snippets or transitional experiments ("Break," which was essentially just that, becomes even shorter here). Perhaps the best thing to keep in mind about the two releases is that they are both complementary and independent, and it's easy to sense one listener favoring one over the other, despite their close connection.

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