Beauty in Chaos officially releases the new remix album titled ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…‘. The album shows. to me above all else, a sharp divergence from what BIC has done with albums past. Some of it is darker, some a bit more obscure, but the overall tone is a stylistic splinter. And, to me, this is the very definition of musical progression in any music project.
This is not the Beauty in Chaos we remember from even a year ago. This is new. And we get a new group of artists coming in for the remixing process that you may not expect. From members of bands, groups, and genres outside of the box and scope and all rallying into a new orbit.
Upon closer inspection, we get a multiverse level of remixes, or reinterpretations, if you will, of songs from ‘The Storm Before the Calm’. For example; take ‘Stranger’. Each version is literally a different song. Not a mere remix. Each one of these could pass as an original composition. And that is one example out of many.
What we learn here is, out of chaos comes…diversity.
The digital version of ‘Out of Chaos Comes…’ features all 27 tracks while the physical version features tracks 1 thru 14. Tracks 14 thru 27 are available physically on the limited edition (100 copies) ‘Chaos Continues…’ CD. For more information, click HERE.
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Beauty in Chaos seems to be going through a musical transition now into a wider and darker path. Is this a conscious decision and, if so, does that weigh in on the choices for collaborations on the current remix record?
I certainly set out to have ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ be darker – dare I say ominous, sounding record. It was intentionally more ‘linear’ than our debut album, more of a straight-line musically than the bigger, more obvious choruses on ‘finding beauty in chaos’.
We originally intended this to be an EP, so yes… Wayne Hussey, Ashton Nyte, Curse Mackey, and Seibold make more a delicious darkwave offering. But… in typical BIC fashion it morphed a bit from the original concept; especially with the addition of ‘Stranger’ because that song has a dark undercurrent with Kat’s lyrics.
When these songs became the foundation for our new ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…’ and I relinquished most of the creative control, I expected it would be a wider ‘sonic net’ than the original! Some of the remixers on this album also left their mark on ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ Tim Palmer, Ashton Nyte, John Fryer, MGT, Kitty Lectro, Statik, Paul Wiley, and Kevin Kipnis have returned, while The Cure’s Roger O’Donnell, Bentley Jones, Luxury Noise, The Phoenix Supernova, and Holy Wars’ Nick Perez join the fray!
How do you feel about the new album, stylistically, when it compares to the previous albums?
It’s definitely diverse which is exactly what I hoped it would be. The producers, artists, and DJs that have given their time and talents to make this record happen are extremely talented. It probably sounds odd for me to say this, as this is BIC’s second remix record … but I usually don’t like ‘remix’ records!
Somehow, the way these songs are ‘reimagined’ takes them to a different place. I don’t expect everyone to love all 27 tracks, but I do hope that each track is given a chance, as I really think there are a lot of gems buried in there. There is so much more to this record than throwing a dance beat over the top of a song. And that I can promise.
If you could pick the most original remix from this album that sounds the most different from anything you’ve done so far, what would it be and why?
Ahhh … I thought you were going to ask me what my favorite was! This one is easy. Bentley Jones’s ‘Phunkstar Mix’ of ‘The Outside’ is a complete 180 from the dark ‘disintegration-esque’ original. Bentley has turned it into an ecstasy-fueled EDM dance club extravaganza! How’s that for a different concept out of BIC?
“I have now remixed 2 versions of the wonderful Beauty In Chaos song ‘The Delicate Balance Of All Things’ – one with Wayne and the other with Wayne’s wife Cinthya. It’s a strong composition and works very well with a male and female perspective and performance. The versions are very different. I always jump at the chance of working with a Hussey. Either one of them!” Tim Palmer
“First of all I was pissed at Michael for not asking me to play on his album but then I forgave him when he asked me to do a remix and with the incredible Kat Leon on vocals, how could I say no? He wanted to tell me the chords and the structure and I was like fuck that all I need are the vocals hahahahaha! and at the end, just for him I played a Moog guitar solo. It took me a lot longer than usual as I really wanted this ‘Stranger’ remix to be special as Michael is a very good and long-time friend and I love his passion for music and this Beauty In Chaos project.” Roger O’Donnell (The Cure)
“So I wanted to give it more dynamics and a more cinematic noir SiFi dimension. I really like the vocals and words but wanted to wrap in a different world, time, and space and make it very John Fryer Black Needle Noise-Esq.”John Fryer (Producer / Black Needle Noise)
After the coincidental release of ‘The Storm Before The Calm’on World Goth Day earlier this year, Beauty in Chaos does a darkwave double-down with their new remix release ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…’, to be released on Halloween!
Once again, BIC turns the creative reins over to an extremely talented cast of producers, artists, and DJs, including Tim Palmer (The Mission, U2, David Bowie), John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, HIM, Depeche Mode), Film Composer Tyler Bates (John Wick, The Watchmen, Guardians Of The Galaxy), The Cure’s Roger O’Donnell, UK-based EDM star Bentley Jones, and Marilyn Manson’s guitarist Paul Wiley.
“I really enjoy the process of handing over the keys and seeing where others take songs that I am so close to. The creative process and result of ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ was such an amazing experience that I thought, why we don’t we give that another go!” So basically, ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…’ is to ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ as ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ is to the ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ LP,” says BIC curator Michael Ciravolo.
Earlier, Beauty in Chaos previewed Tim Palmer‘s‘A Kind Cruelty’ (The Sinistrality Mix)’, featuring Curse Mackey (Pigface, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Evil Mothers) on vocals and an appearance by guitarist Simon Hinkler (The Mission).
The full 27-track collection (available on CD) is deep and diverse and includes a few surprises. Ashton Nyte’s gorgeous acoustic version of ‘The Outside’, Cinthya Hussey (whose beautiful painting also graces the cover) does a beautiful rendition of ‘The Delicate Balance Of All Things’, and an acoustic/mellotron drenched ‘Memory Of Love’ from Human Drama’s Johnny Indovina. You will even find some new and fantastic guitar moments from Simon Hinkler, Richard Fortus (G’nR), Mark Gemini Thwaite, and Nick Johnston.
As with previous releases, 33.3 Music Collective is releasing ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…’ on vinyl (8 tracks), CD (14 tracks), and digitally (27). The full digital version is also included with an LP / CD purchase. Limited-edition colored vinyl also includes an exclusive cover-art poster, signed by many of the artists involved. ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…” can be ordered in its various formats directly from the band’s website.