Health – Disco


See that RIYL over to your right? I’m sure those Liars and Boredoms comparisons are making the dudes in Health sick. You can’t read a review of their self-titled full-length from last year without seeing one of the two mentioned as a reference point. Fine, so they do sound a lot like both bands. However, I honestly think Health has brought something original and very awesome (how about those ghostly post-shoegaze vocals!!) to the party. If Disco is any confirmation, they actually brought the fucking party, something Liars and Boredoms haven’t done at all despite my undying affection for them both.

For the remixes on Disco, Health employed the talents of a few friends including touring partners Crystal Castles (whose remix of “Crimewave” graced their own eponymous debut this year). The Acid Girls remix of “Triceratops” gets things started on a high note by transforming a few select phrases from the song into hot-stepping slogans on top of a throbbing dance pulse with only minimal amounts of the raucous guitar parts left intact. Those aforementioned vocals sounded sublime on Health’s album proper, but it’s in these first moments on Disco that it becomes apparent just how easily they lend themselves to dance music as well. The CFCF remix of the song takes the same refrain and applies a startling horror movie keyboard part that wouldn’t sound out of place in Halloween or Friday the 13th. Elsewhere Nosaj Thing turn “Tabloid Sores” into a mid-temp dancefloor grind while Curses! take on “Perfect Skin” finishes out the album with the amputated pieces of Health’s original song crying out from the pumping pistons of a factory space.

I’m stumped when trying to come up with a remix album released in the last few years that goes as far toward extending the life of its parent album. Disco succeeds by taking the very best elements of an already fantastic album and refracting their light through yet another lens. It may also bring Health a new batch of listeners as well, those possibly turned off by the noisier, obtuse elements of what they do. In the best of all possible worlds, the band will take some of the repetition present in these remixes and apply them to the structure of its music in order to achieve a more expansive sound.