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“Desert” by Emilie Simon and Thievery Corporation



Remixes often attempt to recreate the “feeling” associated with an original song just by changing the music. This is hardly possible considering the fact that other factors such as your state of mind or the situation in which you were when you heard the song for the first time, affect how you react to it. Technically it’s impossible to recreate that feeling…..I’m pretty sure there is no way to bring back the feeling of hearing and seeing MJ perform Billie Jean at Motown in 1983 (for those who saw it live). It is only in a few exceptional cases that we encounter a remix that we consider “better” than the original…. This is one of those exceptions.

Thievery Corporation took Emilie Simon’s “Desert” from great to exceptional. They stripped down the track to it’s bare minimum, leaving only a single melody from its original version, and then gave it a whole new feel. They added some weight to the baseline, re-worked the drums, created new melodies and sprinkled some of their trademark effects on the mix.

“Desert” is about dealing with the solitude experienced when away from a significant other.

“Mon coeur est lourd/ Je compte les heures/ Je compte les jours”
Translates to: “My heart is heavy/I’m counting the hours/I’m counting the days…”

Title: Desert (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Artist: Emilie Simon
Album: Versions (Thievery Corporation), 2006

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