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Worse than the pain of knowing, is to not. 'Empty Vicious Nights' is a tale of a housewife's decent into madness as she questions her husband's fidelity. Thick, pulsating strings and hypnotic beat drive the anguished vocals to a crescendo - as the song builds, sanity departs.
Broad Oak (aka Monkey Records founder Nigel Braddock) recorded and produced Charity Children's acclaimed debut album, The Autumn Came, and here delivers a hypnotic cello-driven remix of the second single Empty Vicious Nights.
Says Braddock, "I like the original version of this song on the album but I always felt it could be darker and more intense to match Chloë's despairing vocal. For the remix I brought up the cellos and added some extra strings (care of Monkey artist John White on viola) and subtle keyboard parts plus a driving minimal club beat."
Make no mistake about it, Sufjan Stevens is a musical genius and Illinois is his masterpiece in my opinion. The entire album is faultless from start to finish and the arrangements are stunning. Monkey Records