Following the release of last year’s Nue, the fourteenth installment of FRKWYS, RVNG’s intergenerational collaboration series, Tashi Wada shares musical space with Laurel Halo and Julia Holter by way of their respective remixes of “Niagara” and “Fanfare.”
Both Laurel and Julia extract underlying moods from Nue for their singular takes on the Wadas’ original compositions (Tashi composed Nue with his father, Yoshi Wada, a pioneering Fluxus artist). Halo wields the sirens of Nue as signals of melodic paranoia pervading her percussive and propulsive “Lilith” mix of “Niagara.”
Holter revisits the steady drones and cascading keys of “Fanfare,” on which she contributed vocals and instrumentation on Nue, for her “Unearthly Bird” remix. Coaxing whispers prelude the bagpipes before vocals take center stage, transforming her remix into a composition baring resemblance to her 2018 album, Aviary. Tashi contributed to that album as Julia did to Nue; her take on “Fanfare” represents a further enmeshing of the duo’s musical union.
The original version of "Bottom of the Sky," now remastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri, bridges the two new / nue moods from Laurel and Julia for this digital EP.
released May 3, 2019
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri. Cover art by Tashi Wada with design by Will Work for Good.