Camino (Remixes) by James Bright w/ Vanity Project and Statues


Camino (Remixes) by James Bright w/ Vanity Project and Statues

Sit back, relax, take the weight off.

That’s the thinking behind the latest EP from the Eclectics stable – Camino (Remixes). Using original source material from Eclectics frequent flier James Bright, Vanity Project (aka Matt Bruce) and Statues’ Bradley Lucke have turned in two tracks apiece that go slow and low to ease the tempo.

First up Vanity Project kicks things off with a take on the fittingly titled “Back Roads”. The result is a track that’s happy to explore the long way round, embracing the bends and curves it encounters in a lower gear. Flourishes of guitar and blossoming synth sounds provide the view while the sonorous bass notes lead us to a happy place – open, widescreen and technicolour.

“The Level”, meanwhile, is a tune taken right down to its foundations with a touch of dub bass and a (rim)shot of percussive prowess to keep the shape from sprawling. It’s a tune that reclines to horizontal without once looking in danger of spilling its drink – assured, relaxed and refined. It’s an aural mood board for a lottery win, a touch of the good life within the reach of us all.

Statues take the reins of “The Level” with very different – and equally impressive – results. Keeping more of Bright’s acoustic guitar in place and tweaking the world around it instead, we’re left with a tune that carries melody and atmospheric weight in equal measure. It’s a beautifully pitched jazz-inflected tableau that would pair perfectly with the rich tones of Terry Callier. And although that serving suggestion is, sadly, off the menu, it gives a sense of the depth and breadth in quality.

Delving deeper still on the remix of “Back Roads” Statues go Balearic to the bone. Recalling languorous, laid-back Steve Miller licks and blissed-out, Team Gilmour Pink Floyd atmospheres, this is a track that scoops you up and lays you down, a comforting sonic pillow to protect when life’s sharp edges get in the way.

Four tracks that prove euphoria doesn’t have to be a rush – the slow glow works just as well.

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