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Some Days Are Darker and the Post Punk Dark Romance of “Lost Days ’96” (Inferno Choir Remix)

October 31, 2023

Propelled by sinewy bass synths, and horror pop vibrating keys, the Inferno Choir Remix of “Lost Days ’96’ by Phoenix based Some Days Are Darker shifts the original and places it on unsteady ground casting imagery of foggy dark streets with Doc Martens on cobble stone streets.

The 90’s post punk meets dark wave or Gothic rock sound takes my mind there. There is a fair amount of revisionist rock these days and why not, the dark romance of these sounds are perfect escapist soundtracks.

What is quite stunning is Inferno Choir’s re-do here, the uptake in cadence and the reconceptualization of what was formerly also darkly romantic but steeped in an almost surf noir meets doo wop punk aesthetic. In my mind, the original “Lost Days” has sonic ghosts of 60’s mysterious Western pop noir styles that have seeds in songs like Henry Mancini’s “Experiment in Terror” (62), that found it’s inspired sound in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and was further twisted by artists like Chris Isaak and Lana Del Rey.

What version do I like the best? They feel like totally different songs. I love them both.

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