She’s Excited! Jolts Listeners on Shock Therapy EP
Ever wonder how far you can get on two songs? Well, if you’re She’s Excited!, the one woman band/producer/vocalist/songwriter/composer/etc., you flip a couple of remixes and churn out your latest Extended Player, the aptly titled Shock Therapy.
Although Therapy is only comprised of two tunes, there’s three remixes between them for a nifty five-song, 22-plus-minutes collection. “Add Clarity” and “Whole” are the originals, then there’s the “Whole – Cameron Gary Remix”, plus the Trovarsi Live Modular Remix and the Primitive Heart Remix of “Clarity”.
This is one of those rare works that needs to be listened to—and considered—holistically to get the full impact. Truly understanding either one of these two songs requires contextualizing the originals with the remix in the case of “Clarity”, and the remixes in the case of “Whole”.
Doing so unveils a stark, jagged dichotomy that consummately realizes the visions of these artistic creations. Both of the originals are slow, particularly “Whole” which has a deep, brooding bass and the sort of pitched, eerie keyboards that typify the best of early 90’s west coast rap.
All of the remixes counterpoint this sort of energy with an unabated rush of tempo, timing, and musicianship that are worth mentioning. The Cameron Gary remix of “Whole” is the best production in the set and makes no effort to conceal its attempt to crowd dance floors. Still, there’s sounds bubbling upwards like an emerging scuba diver, and a thorough, cathartic washing and rinsing away of all music (particularly the heavy drums) that’s somehow refreshing and pure. The majority of this track is bereft of vocals.
Speaking of vocals, however, the particular styling Excited! elicits is unique. A hodgepodge of yelling and talking, doused in what sounds like a United Kingdom accent, it drips with effects while either teasing or exhorting you to follow the lyrics.
The last two numbers conjure images of darkened, dank clubs, hushed lamps, and some really good dope that throbs along with their four-on-the-floor drums and trippy synth work. Again, they race along at paces unimagined in the original “Clarity”, which just goes to show how far one can get on a pair of cuts and the right remixes.