About a month ago, Ryan Olson announced that Doomtree would be doing an album (or so) of Gayngs "regrinds" to be called Affiliyated. I wrongly operated under the assumption that the album would be a rap-friendly-ized version of Relayted, everyone in Doomtree would predictably kill it, and everything would be dandy. Boy howdy was I wrong.
If Olson & Co.'s history has one common thread it'd be rewarding unpredictability -- Marijuana Deathsquads morphed from largely improvisational, semi-noise project populated by our towns' best and brightest into a mostly composed band with songs and everything, skimming the years of cream off the top of their incalculable amount of work. And Gayngs? Who the fuck saw that coming.
Well today, starting with a premiere on Stereogum and ending below, we get a listen at what Affiliyated yielded. And heyo...this is not Relayted. Not even close. This is Doomtree's record, assembled Lego-style with the stems from the previous record to make something completely different and consistently interesting. Here's how they did it:
To create the GAYNGS' Regrind EP all of the stems from the bands debut album, Relayted, were arbitrarily named and compiled into a list. Ensuring anonymity, the list was presented in alphabetical order (shown below) to a collection of producers and musicians. They were then instructed to choose only 10, without knowing what songs they came from or what instruments they contained. One could choose anything from four sax solos and six bass lines, to eight keyboards and two background vocals. The combinations that could be chosen were indefinite...the only certainty was that the parts would all be set to the tempo of 69 beats per minute.
From there, the re-grinders were free to chop, pitch-shift, and otherwise pulverize the stems into a new, cohesive song. The only rule was that they must use all 10 stems they were given, and that the tempo must remain at GAYNGS' standard 69 bpm.