- It's common to assume that a song reflects something that's already happened to the composer. In the case of Tame Impala's latest single, however, the tune seems to prophesize the fate of Erol Alkan when he tried his hand at a remix. The press release offers a rare glimpse into the psychic perils of the creative process: originally Erol remixes a different tune from the rock band's InnerSpeaker LP, sends it to the label, then remixes it again five more times, before apparently succumbing to distress over the whole thing, desiring nothing other than to have his remix erased from the Earth.
He then writes a cheeky, impassioned letter to Modular, instructing the label to "tell the band they imagined [the remix] and that if they can't, I'll come and brainwash them...or maybe even blow so hard into their ears that it pushes the memory out of their skins..." But rather than throw in the towel, Erol asks to remix "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind" instead, announcing "I have an idea for it. I think it's a good one. I can hear it already. And I love it already. It's like I've known it since I was a child. Can you get me the parts please? I'll turn it around in hours.'"
With the fits and starts of inspiration ostensibly behind him, Erol hits his stride, turning the group's swirling, Beatles-y psych pop into an electro-tinged adrenaline rushïgiving most of the floor to the tune's churning, snakelike guitar riffs. I've often found InnerSpeaker to be highly effective for jogging purposes, and I have to think that Erol's version will come in handy for Olympic tryouts. Equally workout-ready is Pilooski's rework of "Lucidity"yit's a fitting match up, as both the Frenchman DJ and the Aussie rock group have a penchant for mid-'60s rhythm sections. It's another reminder that Pilooski and his Dirty pals are, for some reason, still one of the few DJ entities out there happy to inject electronic dance music with a bit of shimmy and shakehthe result here, like Erol's, exudes a joyous abandon. While the vocals cry "Lucidity...come back to me!" like a stoned plea from George Harrison, the music barreling underneath, all revved up and ready to go, seems more than happy to leave lucidity in the dust.
A1 Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? (Erol Alkan Rework)
A2 Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? (Erol Alkan Instrumental)
B Lucidity (Pilooski Remix)