Here I am, rise and shine
Good, intriguing title there. The contents aren’t as intriguing but they’re up to one’s acoustic Manics standards.
Yes indeed, it’s the album’s calmest moment in the guise of what is essentially Small Black Flowers part 2, starring James and his trusty acoustic guitar and guest featuring a beautifully played harp. It’s not as fragile or serene as Small Black Flowers and the main reason it does an impact is the addition of the harp (that sounds really beautiful), otherwise it’s pretty much better-than-usual acoustic Manics standard. It’s got a strong and beautiful intimacy to it which is its strongest point.
It does have a really perky chorus as well. That “this beauty here dipping neophobia” line might be a tad silly but it sure as hell is a catchy earworm.
The Adem remix is a very cool one and in a way even improves the original. It keeps the minimalist and calm stylistics of the original but replaces the guitar with some xylophone-esque sounds and to top it all, Adem himself adds backing vocals to the song. Which sounds excellent. Finally a fragile little guitar melody enters and the remix turns into a wonderful frolic of several melodies. It’s lovely. And more than little reminiscent of Adem’s cover of Aphex Twin’s To Cure a Weakling Child + Boy/Girl Song, which to be honest isn’t a bad thing considering that cover is brilliant. It’s not very Manicsy and certainly wouldn’t fit on Journal but there’s a part of me who prefers it to the original, while another part loves the intimacy of the original.