Collide - Bent and Broken Album Review

Noiseplus Music

By Mike Bax

The remix.
Loathed by some, loved by many.

While some listeners consider a remix something akin to filmmaker George Lucas going back to the well and bastardizing the source material, there are a lot of music remixes that surpass the original songs in surprising ways. Most of my favourite musicians are not afraid to tinker around with their source material after it's been released. These same musicians often take more time crafting their remixes, putting additional effort into making the restructured songs something that is different enough from the original version to merit release without making the song sound trite or too diluted.

At almost twenty years into their musical partnership, both kaRIN and Statik of the California based duo Collide are certainly no strangers to the studio. Together they have put out numerous releases, remixes, and side projects that span many musical genres, with most of their material appealing to fans of both electronic and darkwave. Their latest release, Bent and Broken, is a double CD of b-sides, covers, a new studio track and numerous remixes of material from their past two studio efforts, Counting To Zero and Two Headed Monster.

There are numerous moments to highlight on Bent and Broken, two ethereal interpretations of 'Tears like Rain' rank amongst my favourites. The dark and moody remix of 'In The Frequency' by Tweaker's Chris Vrenna is also high on the list. There is a clever cover of 'Orgy' from the Robert Smith side project The Glove that is well worth a listen. And, of course, the wicked 'Mind Games' remix by cEvin Key and Ken Marshall of SKINNY PUPPY is sure to please fans of the genre.

The title track, 'Bent and Broken', is a new studio song from Collide, and the track is a standout from these two discs of material. There is an interesting interpretation of 'She Makes Me' by Queen that is worth a listen. And 'kaRIN, You're Not Yourself Today' sounds more like something the Art Of Noise might have left on their studio floor, complete with odd vocals and notes that sound like they are comprised of digitized and programmed keyboard vocals.

Bent and Broken is available from the band’s website (and self-managed label) in both physical and digital formats. The 2 CD compilations will please fans both new and old. Collide remain a very stoic force in the independent music scene. They keep an interesting and eclectic mix of company, many of whom have contributed their skills to the remixed material on this new release. Do take the time to check out this compilation of 26 new tracks.