Sometimes I’m shocked at how much I can love a song upon first listen. When that happens, I’m sure to be cautious and give it as many repeat spins as I can before deciding that my swooning is accurate. Well, after listening to this Oh Minnows remix, I can safely say I am in deep smit. Oh Minnows is the project of Chris Steele-Nicholson, formerly of the band The Semifinalists. He’s signed to Young & Lost Club Records, which houses artists like Noah And The Whale and Everything Everything.
This Entrepreneurs Guilty Pleasure mix of “Another Volunteer” takes the original and warps the pace to an 80’s slow dance speed at the start. Picture middle schoolers with hands awkwardly placed on hips and shoulders, swaying in their poofy fuschia dresses and pale blue tuxes. Then they submerge things into an Merriweather Post Pavilion-like underwater buildup, and add some angular guitar riffs and trippy distortion. All of this is seamlessly woven together, and the result is an oddly touching, dreamy love song that, for some reason, reminds me of “Take My Breath Away.” If none of that sounds appealing to you, well I don’t know what to tell you. Except listen anyway.
“Another Volunteer” is the first single off of Oh Minnows’ forthcoming full-length, set to be released later this year. Download the remix free below, and check out the video for the original as well.