Someday, when we’re all dead and buried, anthropologists will puzzle over the mysteries of our generation — opaque conundrums like Dorito taco shells, drop-crotch jeans and, particularly, the fact that Sandro Perri’s 2011 album Impossible Spaces (Constellation Records) went so bizarrely unheralded in its own time.
Perhaps I’m being hyperbolic: The Toronto musician’s third album did, in fact, make it to No. 117 on the Village Voice‘s Pazz & Jop music critics’ poll, like a bright, shiny jewel tucked between the blackened husks of Mogwai’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will and Tombs’ Path of Totality. Still, it hardly made the splash it deserved, given the record’s effortless musicality, stunning electro-acoustic production and suggestive references to Arthur Russell, the Sea and Cake and Balearic soft rock.
There’s still a chance to rectify the neglect, however. Today, New York’s DFA label is releasing a four-track remix EP featuring two of the album’s standout cuts, “Changes” and “Love & Light,” variously reworked by Eluvium, Zongamin, Max Gross, and Mickey Moonlight. The new interpretations range from spacey ambient to stumbling, accidental funk.
To accompany the Zongamin remix, the Parisian photographer and filmmaker Alex Giomo has created a trippy graphic fantasia that may or may not get even trippier when viewed through 3D glasses.
Check out SPIN‘s premiere of the video here, and pick up the limited-run 12-inch or digital EP at the DFA web store or the usual retail suspects. While you’re at it, get Impossible Spaces and help future anthropologists cross an item off their list of the decade’s head-scratchers.