I forgot to post this - I am on hiatus but this is from June - an appropriate curtain closer.
This is the third track in the American trilogy - the first 'America' was also a challenge track which was ambient/experimental, and the 2nd is the Sia vs California Dreaming one which is more traditional. This is classic tbc ambient 'Moody Mash' yet with a very sharp point, and I pumped up the experimental by focusing on a theme and the panning/call and answer/juxtaposition intercutting and FX - delay on stun and wanted the kitchen sink BIG sound in places.
Like it is a film credits blues gospel song for the end of an empire
It's about the American Dream gone wrong, it's my personal reaction to Uvalde and the rise of fascism in the US, so it's a mix of plunderphonic and mashup, but there aren't many pop mashups with Suicide in them, or indeed about this subject.It's more in my mind closer to Negativland's Our National Anthem or Guns within a mashup structure than most things. Also the original LCD track references the death of Alan Vega, so hence using Suicide.
And there's a lot of me in here, hence the schizophrenic sound, off-kilter, it is not meant to be a happy cheerful listen, even if it hangs together. That push/pull tension is intentional because I don't want any to think I am using 'Dixie' and 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' (which is part of the Elvis track) in any way other than utterly scathing contempt and anger. Also a LOT of America tracks are flag waving patriotic ones, or uncritical, like the T-Swift. Again using that cross-purposes here, recontextualising it.
Also I was playing with speed, I'd never normally slow something down that much, or use sources that were several semitones apart, but I forced myself, pulling the sources far away from 'Kansas' as possible.
American Dream Part 3 (American Trilogy)
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Paul Simon - American Tune
Elvis Presley - American Trilogy medley
Suicide - Rocket USA
Idlewild - American English
Taylor Swift - The Last Great American Dynasty
MKTO - American Dream