RR7387 (catchy title) is the newest EP from Texas-based electronic band, S U R V I V E. It is made up of remixes of four songs from the band’s 2016 full-length RR7439. If the band sounds familiar, it’s likely due to their ties to Netflix’s Stranger Things. If you’re into dark synth pop and are looking for something in the same ballpark as Disasterpeace or John Carpenter, I couldn’t recommend this band more.
RR7387 kicks off with Lena Wilikens’ take on the RR7439 closer ”Cutthroat.” Both imaginings of the song have almost an 80s horror movie vibe, though Wilikens’ brings a noisy, industrial element to “Cutthroat.” Despite its repetitive nature and being nearly twice as long as the original cut of the song, the remix stays interesting and achieves a hypnotic feel.
The EP continues with remixes of the songs “High Rise” and “Wardenclyffe” performed by Not Waving and Blondes’ Sam Haar. Not Waving’s take on “High Rise” tones down the bouncing keyboard lines of the original in favour of more ambient, slow-building progressions. Sam Haar’s remix of “Wardenclyffe,” on the other hand, takes almost the opposite route. Whereas S U R V I V E’s original is carried by a dark, industrial beat, Haar’s amps up the pop before restructuring the song around a noisier progression halfway through. While this was interesting reimagining of “Wardenclyffe,” at a running time of nearly nine minutes, it becomes a bit of a chore to listen to.
What I was most excited for when taking a look at this EP was the final track, a remix of the song “Other” by Godflesh’s Justin K Broadrick. Initially, the remix doesn’t stray as far from the source material as others on RR7387, opting instead to add a steadier beat to the song while also accenting some of its melody. The tail end features the industrial stylings that Broadrick is known for, raising the intensity before bringing the EP to a close.
You could look at RR7387 as a continuation to RR7439, but it really stands on its own. Sure, being familiar with S U R V I V E’s full-length might make you appreciate some of the call-backs to the original tracks, but RR7387 is just a really good darkwave EP.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Danielle Kenedy