It’s been something of a triumphant year for London’s own Firestations. After a number of years in the musical wilderness, the five-piece returned with The Year Dot, their first album for Lost Map Recordings, which drew near universal acclaim. As they prepare for their final shows of the year next week, Firestations are releasing a new single, Far Future Morning as a, “PostMap postcard”, and today we’re premiering the B-side, a remix of album track Blue Marble, by their fellow Walthamstow dwellers, The Leaf Library.
The original version of Blue Marble built from the British Sea Power like guitar of the intro, into an almost Beta Band-like drifting pop masterpiece. As with all the best remixes The Leaf Library highlight completely different aspects of the track. A meandering pulse of keys is brought to the foreground, whilst the guitars are pushed to the back, chopped and edited beyond recognition. Even the vocals are given a stuttering, robotic treatment, giving the track a fragmented feel and winning sense of unease.
The Leaf Library’s take works for exactly the same reason Firestations original does, there’s an attention to detail here, the feeling that every note has been agonised over to maximise the emotion on show, as Firestations put it themselves, “periods of hopelessness and moments of joy”, a spark of humanity in a city that doesn’t always feel that conducive to it.