New York alt-pop group Twin XL is the product of the creative partnership of vocalist Cameron Walker-Wright and brothers John and Stephen Gomez, on guitar and bass. Experienced songwriters for numerous groups and successful musicians in their own rights, the three teamed up in 2017 along with drummer Brennan Benko. Their 2019 debut EP Out Now was a major success, launching their single “Good” to the top of Spotify alternative playlists and bringing the band on tour with major acts like Fitz and the Tantrums and the Main. Their recent single “Slow Heart” had similar playlist success and landed on the Now That’s What I Call Music vol 78 compilation.
The group’s latest release is a remix of that song by synth-pop duo PRVIS, leading up to a full “Slow Heart” remix Ep. PRVIS’s remix drastically changes the song’s tone, warping it into a clattering, woozy anthem. Walker-Wright noted that the remix “brought a darker feel to the song and really changed up the vibe musically.” His observation is apt, as the remix is far more percussive and menacing than any alt-rock anthem.
With incessant pulsating synth lines and clanging percussion, “Slow Heart (PRVIS Remix)” is an incessant force. The arrangement begins initially sparse, leaving all the attention on Walker-Wright’s voice, before kicking into full-gear in the chorus. The vocals sound cold and distanced from the wobbly percussion, which sounds almost like the Weeknd produced by Nine Inch Nails; it conveys a sense of profound unease echoed in the downcast lyrics. In the back half, the song changes again, building up into a series of drops and throwing in bouncing, dance floor-worthy bass lines that transform it into a club-ready anthem.
“Slow Heart (PRVIS Remix)” is featured on the Slow Heart (Reimagined) EP by Twin XL, which is out now on streaming services.