ARTIST: DEAF HAVANA

TITLE: ALL THESE COUNTLESS NIGHTS (REWORKED)

LABEL: SO RECORDINGS

RATING: 7/10

When Deaf Havana say ‘reworked’, they really do mean reworked, and so the tracks you’ll find on their brand new release All These Countless Nights Reworked, aren’t simply just re-mastered or overproduced versions of the songs on All These Countless Nights. They’re totally re-imagined and turned on their heads in the most beautiful and thrilling way possible.

“I’ve never been a fan of re-releases that just have a couple of live tracks shoved on the end,” explains James Veck-Gilodi, lead singer and frontman of the group. “I’m always keen to try out new things…I tried to get as far away from the original tracks as we could, some of the darkest, heaviest songs on the original record have now become the lightest and most upbeat ones and some of the tracks are so far removed that they are barely recognisable…”

It’s refreshing to see a band essentially ‘cover’ their own songs but in a completely different style and genre like this. If James’ voice wasn’t so recognisable, one could easily imagine this was a completely different band putting out these songs as their own personalised homage to Deaf Havana and it’s certainly unusual to see a reworked version like this so soon after the original release (All These Countless Nights came out in January this year).

But Deaf Havana have never been ones to play by rules or traditions and it’s great to push some boundaries occasionally. The addition of string parts and orchestral arrangements (featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra no less) adds a real depth and warmth to some of the songs, and the energetic upbeat rock of tracks such as L.O.V.E and Sing has now been flipped and transformed into something akin to folk pop.

For traditional or more hardcore fans of Deaf Havana, it might all be a bit too much, but we hope that everyone can see the masterful beauty in these cleverly constructed tracks and enjoy them for what they are, and not all of them are as majorly different as the others. Happiness, for example, feels like it’s been more stripped back than anything, and structure and soundscape wise is still very familiar when compared with the original.

Although some may be sceptical that this is just a money spinner, that’s not the Deaf Havana way. “…If we are going to re-release a record, we really want fans to buy something worth spending their money on,” James reaassures, and the fans have certainly got that with All These Countless Nights Reworked. It isn’t just a single album, but a full on deluxe double edition, with the Disc One featuring the original These Countless Nights, plus three previously unreleased bonus tracks, and Disc Two featuring the ‘reworked’ versions, so that fans can literally compare the two back to back if they so desire.

The whole album definitely has a chill out, laid back kind of vibe. It’s the kind of record you’d give a spin the morning after a big night out and it’ll be interesting to see how some of these songs work out live.

You can listen to the album here:

WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON

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