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NEWS: Tulipomania & Richard Hartline weave a wicked remix for Figure Walking

Figure Walking - Photo Credit: Kristian Jordan
18 June 2019

Figure Walking – Photo Credit: Kristian Jordan

No stranger to The Big Takeover, Philadelphia’s Tulipomania brings us their latest output – this time in remix form. They’ve teamed up with producer Richard Hartline to give ‘Blue World’ by Canadian indie rock duo Figure Walking the remix treatment.

The ‘Blue World Remix’ released via Disintegration Records this past week. This magnificent version transforms this already great track into one that is superb. The chugging train-like steady background is addictive right off the bat. The vocals lay over it soothingly with vocal stylings so strong you can easily imagine the duo performing live on Broadway, in Nashville, NYC or LA and feeling right at home. The backing vocals bring out a feeling of euphoria in a song whose vocals would suggest the opposite. The juxtaposition is refreshing and the melody extremely catchy.

Figure Walking is drummer Rob Gardiner (Conduct, Pip Skid) on drums and longtime Winnipeg-based indie rock fixture and three-time Polaris Prize nominee Greg MacPherson (Cherry Cherry, Nova, Greg MacPherson Band) on baritone guitar, vocals and keys. The original version of ‘Blue World’ can be found on the band’s debut album The Big Other.

“I love to imagine the world through the murky, silver-on-the-ocean-floor filter that is Tulipomania’s music. This remix of Blue World is astonishing for us, like a watching an eclipse with welder’s goggles and discovering the sun for the first time,” says Greg MacPherson.

“The Hartline/Tulipomania remix of Blue World is a gift to us, like seeing our city anew from the slow rise and ominous drift of a beautiful weather balloon at sunset.”

Figure Walking makes music that runs a full spectrum of celebration, revolt, laughter, anger, and possibility. This is an innovative sound, worldly but deeply rooted in the colonial crash site that is the city of Winnipeg.

Their debut album The Big Other is a 10-song trip across cultures, communities, ideologies, and relationships. Recorded by Cam Loeppky, it was released in April 2017 and was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize.

“We were really inspired by the song ‘Blue World’, Figure Walking’s bittersweet anthem informed by intelligent angst, and we’re honored to have been allowed to contribute to this uplifting cri de coeur,” says Cheryl Gelover of Tulipomania.

Tulipomania have released four albums and numerous animated music videos and singles. They are currently at work on a fifth album and supporting animated music videos.

Figure Walking plan to release their new album vertical/horizontal later this summer. For now, the ‘Blue World Remix’ is available across online stores and streaming platforms such as Spotify

Also check out Figure Walking’s album The Big Other