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‘The Gaits’ is the second single to be taken from Zoon van snooK’s rather excellent new album ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death‘.

The new single features Icelandic band Sea Bear (MORR) and comes with remixes from two of Zoon’s musical heroes: Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll and German producer Ulrich Schnauss.

For ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’, Zoon van snooK set out to create an album that traces the journey we all make from cradle to grave, drawing upon the sounds and stories of Iceland for inspiration.

With that in mind you could be forgiven for thinking – ‘The Gaits’, the album’s final track – would be a somber affair but ultimately it’s a serene and life affirming piece of music.

‘The Gaits’ was written as the final song of the album around the time that a very good friend lost his son, its title relates both to the gates of ‘Heaven’ and the unique gait that Icelandic horses have,” explains snooK.

“Seabear front man Sin Fang contributed the instruma-loop, which I then chopped and sculpted and the whole song was written in the key of the church bells of Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, which emerge in the middle section of the song.

“The life-affirming crescendo departs with a final recording of tourists screaming at the gush of the Great Geysir in the Haukadalur valley,” he added.

For the two remixes, snooK personally approached two of his musical heroes to re-imagine the single in two differing ways, first up is Paul Hartnoll, one half of Orbital, who manages to create a remix that is both intimate yet powerful.

Whilst Ulrich Schnauss, captures the emotional intensity of the original, wrapping the song is a warm glaze of ambient synths and lo-fi production techniques for a mesmerising remix that does the original justice.

Out now.

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.