Today sees the release of the Danny Elfman remix of Xiu Xiu’s “Serious Ground,” one of the songs initially featured on Elfman’s acclaimed new double album Big Mess [ANTI- / Epitaph Records]. The track serves as an experimental reinterpretation, pairing Xiu Xiu’s signature industrial noise sensibilities with chopped samples of Elfman’s original vocals and instrumentation.
“I was introduced to Xiu Xiu by Stu Brooks, who kickstarted and co-curated the remix concept for ‘Big Mess’,” says Elfman. “They have a fresh, progressive sound that I thought would make for a great collaboration. Expecting the unexpected is the most fun part of this whole project so I was really curious and excited to see what direction they’d go in. I’m very happy to have them be a part of the ‘Big Mess’ project.”
Xiu Xiu’s remix of “Serious Ground” marks the fourth collaborative effort for Elfman from Big Mess, as he previously joined forces with Zach Hill of Death Grips for a remix of “Kick Me,” worked with Squarepusher for a glitchy remix of “We Belong,” and teamed up with Trent Reznor to unleash a new duet version of his song “True.” SWatch the music video for the track now HERE, which was directed by Aron Johnson, who contributed visual effects to the Sarah Sitkin-directed music video for the album version of “True.” Combining segments of Sitkin’s archived footage along with brand new 3D modeling, the visual serves as a remix in itself of the original music video, reinterpreted through the eyes of Aron.