The nice thing about every remix of "Ambling Alp" that's come down the line is that they've all been really different, never just some dude being like, "Well, I changed the drums a tiny bit, can't you tell?" The Very Best keep the original instrumental intact for the most part and let Esau Mwamwaya go nuts over top. Ultimately though, of all the remixes, this is the most fitting. Yeasayer's version shares the exuberant positivity of The Very Best's entire album, and now that this exists we're having crazy visions of everyone uniting on a single stage with, like, Enya and Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon and what's George Michael doing these days? He can come too. Yeasayer just embarked on a massive tour that won't see them back in the US until April, but if you're kicking around Europe for the next two or so months we recommend checking them out.
February 11, 2010