17 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Being a pioneer the art-rock movement, it only made sense for Yoko Ono to release a collaborative album with some of the genre’s most notable figures of the early 21st century. 2007’s Yes, I’m A Witch called for 16 selected artists to rifle through Ono’s voluminous back catalogue of recordings and pick a song with which to add their own contributions, whether instrumental, vocal or both. Nearly every artist just built on Ono’s intact vocals, starting with Hank Shocklee dressing up "Witch Shocktronica Intro" to sound like a Japanese video game soundtrack from the not-too-distant future before Peaches rebuilds “Kiss Kiss Kiss” with sequenced handclaps and synthesizers sounding like Ono invented electroclash back in 1980. Chan Marshall turns “Revelations” into a spare piano dirge with sublime backing vocal accompaniment before The Polyphonic Spree embeds “You and I” with their signature stamp of upbeat hooray-for-everything sunshine pop. Conversely, Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce exaggerates the sullen tones of “Walking On Thin Ice” with Mo Tucker-inspired, cymbal-free rhythm as guitar feedback squeals, drones and howls.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Being a pioneer the art-rock movement, it only made sense for Yoko Ono to release a collaborative album with some of the genre’s most notable figures of the early 21st century. 2007’s Yes, I’m A Witch called for 16 selected artists to rifle through Ono’s voluminous back catalogue of recordings and pick a song with which to add their own contributions, whether instrumental, vocal or both. Nearly every artist just built on Ono’s intact vocals, starting with Hank Shocklee dressing up "Witch Shocktronica Intro" to sound like a Japanese video game soundtrack from the not-too-distant future before Peaches rebuilds “Kiss Kiss Kiss” with sequenced handclaps and synthesizers sounding like Ono invented electroclash back in 1980. Chan Marshall turns “Revelations” into a spare piano dirge with sublime backing vocal accompaniment before The Polyphonic Spree embeds “You and I” with their signature stamp of upbeat hooray-for-everything sunshine pop. Conversely, Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce exaggerates the sullen tones of “Walking On Thin Ice” with Mo Tucker-inspired, cymbal-free rhythm as guitar feedback squeals, drones and howls.

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