Chris Lastovicka – “The 7th Chapter of Job” (Remixed)

Chris Lastovicka’s “The 7th Chapter of Job” is powerful on its own, a great showing of the artist’s modern classical arsenal. Now, the track has a remix from Jeremy Allom that adds another dimension. Ominous strings stir to start the track, with an additional line creeping in around the one-minute mark before a graceful piano accompaniment lingers in the distance. There’s certainly a feeling of wintry classical music here, especially as the solemn wordless vocals kick in. This is a track that feels fit for a post-apocalyptic setting. The vocals ascend to a very powerful, ghostly presence around the three-minute mark that resonates with chills. This is a very atmospheric, gripping effort.

On the remix, Lastovicka says the following:

“When I was thinking about who I’d like to remix my album, I thought about my favorite album, Massive Attack’s “Blue Lines”. I wondered if I would be able to even get Jeremy Allom, who mixed that album. I did, and it has been an incredible experience working with him and getting to know him.

When I looked for a mastering engineer, I wanted to get someone who would understand the sonic imperfections of the recordings and how I felt they mirrored the rough experience of seeking the Self. I chose iconic mastering engineer Emily Lazar because of her early background in creative writing, and her drive to tell the story of an album through her mastering work.”

“The 7th Chapter of Job” (Remixed) and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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