It's hard to imagine that a remake of the old Kansas chestnut "Dust in the Wind" could find new life as an indie/alt rock vocal over an eletcro-tech-trance-house dance beat. And even more bizarre, that it would be so fucking good.
But San Francisco dj/producer duo Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden do all that and more on their debut album Organized Nature
. From the massive club hit "Tracking Treasure Down" (don't miss the Francis Preve remix) to standout tracks like "One Step Closer" and "Enemy," this scorching mix of vintage guitar, high tech gadgetry, powerful lyrics, and engaging melodies is kicking dance floor ass all over the US and Europe.
Vocals on "Dust in the Wind," "One Step Closer," and two other songs are handled by Atlanta's indie rock vocalist Molly Bancroft, and four others, including "Enemy" are sung by London-based Josh Burton, whose voice at times bears an uncanny resemblance to that of David Sylvian.
It's true that Gabriel & Dresden are best known for producing the massive trance hits "As the Rush Comes" by Motorcycle and "Way Out West" by Mindcircus, but a little trance goes a long way with me, and I loved this album. Although frankly dance music and certainly electronic, it plays with the boundaries of many genres, including rock and pop, for a sound that's easily recognizable as their own.
Gabriel & Dresden have also done remixing chores on songs by Annie Lennox, Dido, Sarah McLachlan, Depeche Mode, and a number of other artists. This is the first release on their own label, also called "Organized Nature."
By the way, you don't have to take my word for it... the album is streaming free here