REMIXED: Skylar Grey – Invisible (David Lynch Remix)
Would being remixed by David Lynch the sort of thing one would proudly put in bold on a press release? Because Skylar Grey totally should if she hasn’t already, considering this is only the cult director’s second remix after Duran Duran’s “Girl Panic”. It starts with the Americana ambience that pervades his works, then switches to a cool drum-machine beat and an electropop sound similar to his own music output. Lynch’s rework is certainly more interesting than the rather bland Alex-Da-Kid-produced original.
Skylar Grey – Invisible (David Lynch Remix)
As for her music, Skylar Grey continues to perplex me. Previously known as Holly Brook, i.e. the hook girl on Fort Minor’s “Where You’d Go”, Skylar renewed her urban cred with a string of songwriting/featuring stints on hits like Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie”, Dr. Dre’s “I Need A Doctor” and Dirty Money’s “Coming Home”. In spite of that impressive CV, her own solo materials aren’t quite up to scratch. Her first single, “Dance Without You” sounds like an Evanescence leftover from 2006, and her follow-up “Invisible” is quite pedestrian as far as inspirational emo-pop goes. I can’t say I get the gothic, edgy Hot Topic angle she’s pushing, but I believe that her lovely voice is wasted on these subpar tracks. I’m a bit harsh only because she has real potentials, and I can’t tell whether she’s trying too hard or just not enough. Watch her music video for “Invisble” (in which she channels her inner Lisbeth Salander), and judge for yourself.