TesseracT recently debuted the re-imagined version of the single “Survival”. The track is from the all new 2-disc tour edition of TesseracT’s critically acclaimed studio album Polaris, with bonus disc Errai, released on September 16th via Kscope. The package includes four re-imagined tracks from Polaris by the band’s long time live producer and sound engineer Aidan O’Brien – “Survival”, “Cages”, “Tourniquet” and “Seven Names.” This new version will keep fans thrilled leading up to TesseracT’s U.S. tour with Gojira in September.
The fascinating thing about taking a track apart to remix, rework, or re-imagine it, is being able to look at each individual element and figure out exactly what makes it tick as a composition.
In the case of ‘Survival,’ it was amazing to see how the track still retained a real power and drive even when the distorted guitars and drums were stripped away, and it was very exciting to experiment with rebuilding the track around a basic chord structure and Dan’s vocal by using piano, synths and a handful of sound design tricks to push it into a darker and more cinematic direction.
Using that as a base to build on meant that when I brought the track back to the band they were able to reinterpret a lot of what they had originally written in a totally new context – capitalising on that darker sound and resulting in an arrangement, which in some ways is much lighter and sparser but in others is far more brooding and menacing.
TessaracT vocalist Dan Tompkins comments:
It’s been fantastic to re-visit and re-work the vocals to some of the Polaris tracks from a different angle and with the benefit of time and space. The normal process of writing TesseracT songs starts with the creation of the music followed by the lyrical content; this time Acle and Aidan have stripped away the music and re-created the songs based around the vocals. As a result this has allowed much more breathing space between both and also highlighted much more detail in the performance.
The Polaris Tour Edition will be released as a 2 CD set, as well as digitally, with Errai being released as a stand-alone 180g heavyweight clear vinyl with enclosed download code. The CD & LP are available to pre-order here (EU links):
“Survival” will serve as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order via iTunes will receive the track immediately.
Along with the new song interpretations, the cover art of new edition of Polaris has been given a 2016 make-over by artist Dan Mumford.