Bilinda Butcher is the vocalist and guitarist for legendary shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine, but that’s not who we’re talking about here. The Bilinda Butchers named themselves after their alternative rock hero, and their atmospheric sounds owe at least a partial debt to Butcher’s band. Most importantly for our immediate purposes, The Bilinda Butchers remixed “Melody” by Chicago dream pop group Tiny Fireflies, and the gorgeous track is premiering today, exclusively on Nerdist.
While the original version of “Melody” is more in the vein of Beach House with a hint of ’80s movie soundtrack, The Bilinda Butchers’ remix takes the track in a more ambient direction that’s closer to The xx, pouring on layers of synths and reverb that play harmoniously with a throbbing bass line and Tiny Fireflies vocalist Kristine Capua’s airy vocals. It’s not so much that the new interpretation of the track is an improvement, it’s more like they’re two utterances in the same conversation. They’re similar, but entirely distinct and insular.
The track originally appeared on the duo’s debut studio album, The Space Between, which was released on November 11, 2015. This remix isn’t the first time these two groups have worked together: Capua provided vocals on The Bilinda Butchers’ track “hai bby,” from their 2012 EP goodbyes.