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Compact Disc (CD)
Packaged in a brown 100% recycled cardboard dual-digipak, with hand-cut photographic print inserts (adapted from Remodelled's original Boltfish edition), a 3x3" cover photo sticker (printed by David Tagg), custom text sticker work and in-house duplicated/printed white discs.
Includes unlimited streaming of Remodelled [Expanded & Remastered]
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Remodelled came about organically as a concept as early as 2004, when I first started the practice of tangentially exploring my own tracks in the form of radically different mixes, alternate arrangements or even just rewriting the track altogether, while still keeping the same sonic template in mind. As such, I've always held that Remodelled is not simply a collection of outtakes or remixes, rather, a mirror-universe peek at what certain pieces of music I've written might seem like in another life. Remodelled isn't about purpose so much as potential.
So, that said, many of these tracks I feel are not quite as good as their "official" album track counterparts, while others in the time since their creation have gained my favor over the tracks I chose to release in their stead. The amazingly generous guys at Boltfish Recordings in the UK put Remodelled out back in 2007, in not just one but two unique editions - each with different packaging and track sequence, so that Remodelled itself was also Remodelled. By 2007 though, the album still went under the radar a little, because I had already mostly moved on from many of the sounds and approaches the album contains (the fact that Remodelled was completed during 2005 and 2006 didn't help), but label schedules and budgets are what they are, and I am still to this day thankful for the fact that such a conceptual and potentially overlooked album got issued at all.
In the time since then, Remodelled has been disparaged by critics while simultaneously being celebrated by fans. I don't understand it, I probably never will. To me, it is simply another foundational facet of what Milieu was and still is all about. It was never an exception to the rule or a tangent I chased down and failed to fully realize. So I kept making tracks and remodelling them in this same fashion, which is where the expansion for Remodelled comes in. A second hour-long disc of fifteen tracks, mostly b-sides, rarities from various homes and outtakes, including three previously unreleased tracks that I only ever played live once, then tucked away in my closet.
The whole double-disc affair has also been remastered from the ground up with the master recordings, which took some real digging to find, as I'm not exactly known for my organizational talents. Everything sounds bigger and bolder than it originally did, and that, I feel, makes the album far more interesting and dynamic. Many of these tracks were recorded at a time when I still got intimidated by an equalizer, and tended to embrace very conservative (and unorthodox) midrange-heavy mixes. So this is Remodelled as you and I have never heard it before!
"Remodelled is remarkably coherent."
"The unspoken but palpable underlying feeling is that the artist who releases, say, twenty albums a year is viewed as somehow less worthy than those who issue one every couple; such an artist is not just less worthy, but downright suspicious"
"What does it all mean? More nice melancholic melodies, more excellent dry beats"
"If someone had played me a random track from this CD a few weeks ago then I probably would've thought that it *was* Boards of Canada apart from the fact that it's slightly less interesting."
"There's no denying the album's overall quality but there's no denying either the overly derivative character of the music."
"...ambient doodling set against the mild rhythms, sauced up with some extra reverb to gain some extra, artificial, depth..."
"Remodelled is my favorite album of all-time"
released July 28, 2015
W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at 114RKD & 1027PDS, 2004-2009. Mastered by The Analog Botanist at Botany Bay, July 2015. Cover photography by Rudolf Kremers, used with permission. Thanks to Wil, Murray, John-Paul and Rudolf. Special high-five and a hug to Lee Norris, from whom I borrowed the name of this album from. This is Milieu Music number AD19, and 19th in the ongoing Arboreal Digest reissue catalog.