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Peter Bjorn & John make music that begs for to be remixed. The Swedish trio often gives the gift of remixing as frequently as they receive it. (Their remix of The Shins‘ “Australia” is still worth a listen.) “Second Chance” started out as an uptempo, cowbell-saturated nugget of danceable pop. The remix courtesy of the RAC (Remix Artist Collective) breaks the back of the original’s strong, percussive spine, by softening the hard edges with misty synths and piano.
Yet the RAC’s version of “Second Chance” remains propulsive, illuminating Peter Morén’s vocals. RAC go for ambience on their version of “Second Chance,” using the backing vocals to imbue the track with a layer of gauzy melody. A simple chord substitutes for the cowbell, buoying “Second Chance” along on an ebullient current. In sum, the remix’s full effect filters “Second Chance” through an 1980s synth-pop lens that is employed judiciously enough to remain artful.