Kara-Lis Coverdale and LXV’s collaborative LP Sirens debuted last month on Mexico City label Umor Rex. It’s very accurately described by the label as “music for ambitious dreamers”. Sirens is lush, dreamy, surreal, and, at times, meditative; it’s easy to get lost in the soundscape of any given song on the album. “Disney” in its original form is soaring and cinematic with its layers of chanting organs, as vast as the soundtrack of a Disney fairytale. James Place, another brilliant artist on Umor Rex who released his debut Living on Superstion in February, has completely reworked the track. He seems to zero in on its more celestial and airy harmonies, adding some light yet broad percussive phrasing that gently oscillates between being more and less pronounced. “Disney” in James Place’s interpretation is another beautiful, transformative composition in its own right.
James Place and Kara-Lis Coverdale & LXV will both be performing at Mutek Mexico in October.