Cortney Tidwell, Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up

Philip Sherburne

By Philip Sherburne

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up

Cortney Tidwell
Nashville chanteuse gets the electrohouse treatment.

You might not guess Cortney Tidwell hails from Nashville; her accent betrays no particular region, and despite the guitar tremolo and shuffling acoustic chords of her original recording, the song's about as obviously country as, say, Beth Orton's first efforts. But the easygoing "Stars" — with echoes of Lambchop, Portishead and Mazzy Star — is also little like the electro-pop tunes that Ewan Pearson is usually tapped to remix, which makes his triumph here all the more resounding. Of Pearson's four versions, this 12-minute epic is the best: a Kompakt-like thump adds subtle bounce as Pearson inflates Tidwell's dusty, understated grandeur — billowing guitars, diamond-edged synths — into something as tough as it is tender.