Time for a trim

Lee Jones, “There Comes A Times” (Prins Thomas remix) [Aus Music]

Having Prins Thomas remix Lee Jones’ delightful “There Comes A Time” makes sense in principle: they both enjoy and know their way around a good melody, as well as how to arrange it in a compelling manner for the alloted time. So imagine my surprise when Thomas suddenly pulls a Jesse Somfay on us, drops the tune into a grumbling factory and stretches it out an additional four minutes. The cute lil’ acid chirps still pop up and frolic through the sooty atmosphere, joined by Thomas’ signature elastic guitar noodles and snapping drumwork (which diffuses nicely bouncing off the concrete walls), but they’re less the focus — more like trapped lightning bugs doing their best to illuminate the dank surroundings. This is easily the darkest tune I’ve heard from Thomas; I almost didn’t think he had it in him. And while I’m glad he’s exploring his range, I can’t say I’m particularly enthralled with the results. Still, this is a must-hear for Prins Thomas fans, especially if you’re not hung up on having to dance your ass off to all his output.

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