Oceanic Remixes/Reinterpretations

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Oceanic Remixes
Remix album by Isis
Recorded 2004
Length 89:23
Label Robotic Empire (Vinyl)
Hydra Head Records (CD)
(HH666-83)
Producer Isis, Matt Bayles
Isis chronology
Live.02
(2004)
Oceanic Remixes
(2004)
Live.03
(2005)

Oceanic: Remixes & Reinterpretations is a 2004 compilation of remixes by various artists of songs from Isis' 2002 album Oceanic. The album was initially released across a series of four 12" vinyl EPs earlier in 2004; Robotic Empire, the label in control of those original vinyl releases, made available a compilation of all four vinyl EPs in one set on July 19, 2006.[1]

Frontman Aaron Turner has stated that he was surprised by the response of the collaborators; having expected half of those contacted by the band to respond, all but two provided material for the series.[2] The stated intent of the project was to allow further exploration of the ambient, electronic and abstract side of Isis, but to delegate it to the “more capable hands” of musicians outside the band whose work Isis admired.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Aquarian Weekly (A+)[4]
Pitchfork Media (6.2/10.0)[5]

In reviewing, Patrick Slevin of the Aquarian Weekly gave an effusive verdict, commanding that “everyone else should buy Oceanic first, then buy this.”[4] He argues that Remixes “respects the overall spirit and feel of Oceanic, moving into each song with care and deliberate attention, which makes [it] just as pleasing, stimulating and soothing to listen to as its parent recording.”[4] Pitchfork Media's Brandon Stosuy felt that not all Isis fans would enjoy the album, and that the opposite was also true as it may appeal to those not fond of Isis' work.[5] He was critical of much of the material, but saved special praise for Justin Broadrick's rendition of "Hym", arguing that it represents a “coda [which] adds a bit of last-minute revelation” to the piece.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Isis. 

Disc one
No. Title Remix artist Length
1. "Weight"   Fennesz 6:34
2. "False Light (Carry Edit)"   Ayal Naor, featuring Maria Christopher 7:53
3. "Hym"   Thomas Köner 6:19
4. "The Other"   James Plotkin 9:49
5. "Carry (First Version)"   Tim Hecker 4:26
6. "Maritime"   Teledubgnosis 9:24
7. "Maritime"   Mike Patton 3:43
Total length:
48:04
Disc two
No. Title Remix artist Length
1. "The Beginning and the End"   Venetian Snares 5:05
2. "Carry (Second Version)"   Tim Hecker 5:21
3. "False Light (Deadverse)"   Oktopus 5:30
4. "Carry: Like I Will Love Her Forever? (Fuckin Die!!!)"   Speedranch, featuring Guilty Connector 5:51
5. "From: Sinking, To: Drowning"   Destructo Swarmbots 7:14
6. "Hym"   Justin Broadrick 14:54
Total length:
43:53

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Date Title Label Catalogue number Format
11 April 2004 Oceanic Remixes Vol. I Robotic Empire Robo 037 12″[1]
13 July 2004 Oceanic Remixes Vol. II Robo 038
24 August 2004 Oceanic Remixes Vol. III Robo 039
23 November 2004 Oceanic Remixes Vol. IV Robo 040
22 March 2005 Oceanic: Remixes / Reinterpretations Hydra Head Records HH666-83 2×CD[3]
19 July 2006 Oceanic Remixes Vol. I–IV Robotic Empire Robo 037–040 4×12″ [Box set][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Discography". Robotic Empire. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "PRIMER: Aaron Turner Revisits Isis’ Entire Catalog". Self-Titled. Pop Mart Media. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations". allmusic. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Slevin, Patrick (18 May 2005). "Isis – Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations". The Aquarian Weekly. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Stosuy, Brandon (19 June 2005). "Isis: Oceanic Remixes/Reinterpretations". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Oceanic: Remixes & Reinterpretations (CD). Isis. Hydra Head Records. 2004. HH666-83.