Cortney Tidwell's Pitchfork Shout-Out: Pretty Cool

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Cortney Tidwell comes in at No. 31 on Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2007. Here's what they had to say:

31: Cortney Tidwell — "Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan's Objects in Space Remix)" [Ever]

The Ewan in question is British (though currently based in Berlin) producer/DJ Ewan Pearson, whose work for Goldfrapp, the Rapture, and Franz Ferdinand (among many others) have made him one of the most in-demand remixers going. And for good reason: As "Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up" demonstrates, Pearson has a gift for extracting the most important elements in his source tracks, and orchestrating dense rivers of lush disco-house around them. Nashville indie-folk singer Tidwell's modest, pretty vocal is kept intact, but instead of her original plaintive guitar accompaniment, we get a crisp house kick and layers of fuzzy, mildly spaced-out Debussy chords with electro-glitter for flavor. In the hands of a lesser producer, this could have turned into formless mush. On the contrary, this is beautiful. —Dominique Leone

In other local news: Spoon's "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" comes in at No. 12.

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