Album Review: Palisades – “Another Techno Jawn”

Palisades
Another Techno Jawn
(Rise Records)

The fad of remixing metalcore and post-hardcore bands to sound more like EDM, trap, or dubstep is nothing new. Bring Me The Horizon did it with Skrillex before he stopped calling himself Sonny Moore. Asking Alexandria made an entire album of dubstep remixes that was actually pretty impressive, and then bands like I See Stars, Dangerkids, and Palisades all appeared to incorporate a bunch of electronics into their sound. So when I saw that Palisades had released Another Techno Jawn I was anything but surprised.

Another Techno Jawn takes five DJs and has them remix Palisades’ latest top single “High and Low” featuring Tyler Carter of Issues. “High and Low” on its own is a pretty solid song, and probably the catchiest, poppiest track the group has ever released. And this may be because Tyler Carter sounds an awful lot like Justin Timberlake, or it may be because the band relies heavily on electronics to push the song. That being said, why take an already dependent electronic track and add more fluff to it?

These “DJs” on Another Techno Jawn are actually Ty “DJ Scout” Acord, the keyboardist and synth guy of Issues; Kyle Pavone (as DJ Secoya), vocalist and keyboardist of We Came As Romans; Earl Halasan who works synthesizers for Palisades as MindlessMindless; guitarist Lee McKinney of Born of Osiris as DIMIR; and the drummer of I See Stars, Andrew Oliver, as Dream Beach. So in theory, the idea is cool to get people highly involved in this music sphere to do the remixes, but they all seem to fall a little flat when compared to past remix CDs and the current EDM mainstream in general.

The best track is hands down Dream Beach’s remix because it includes both creative build-ups and drops found primarily in dubstep, but also incorporates a lot of drum and bass sounds that could only be utilized by a guy who does in fact play the drums. This track is also the only one on the record that is not in a sense mellow. The Scout and MindlessMindless remixes are both decent tracks, but feel somewhat boring as they go on and start to blend into one another, leaving for this redundant, almost electronic ballet orchestra vibe.

Secoya’s remix is the only one to really stem away from the original song, using almost none of the vocals in the five-minute track and creating a bizarre deep house vibe. Overall this strange combination of the ’90s Space Jam soundtrack and an underground London club developed as the song went on. Unfortunately for Secoya, his remix was followed by DIMIR’s take on “High and Low,” which was several levels better. Though at points the two songs could have easily blended together into one, DIMIR’s style actually helped to highlight the key vocals and original musicianship of the song much more so than any other remix. Out of all of the DJs, he was the only one to really keep the essence of the song.

For what it is, Another Techno Jawn is an interesting record. In light of the redundancy that it brought about, it could have been a better move to have utilized more than just one Palisades song, or even included more well-known DJs in the scene. Then, maybe, the underlying desperation to really break away from the breakdown formula would have disappeared. (Natasha Van Duser)

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Natasha Van Duser gives this album:

Review Rating:

3

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