Dev Hynes and Sia have some uncanny parallels. The Blood Orange/Lightspeed Champion man has worked on such cult favorites as Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” and Solange’s “Losing You” (see The Many Sides of Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes). Sia Furler has written huge hits for Rihanna, David Guetta, Flo-Rida and many more (see Sia: Hiding in Plain Sight). One key difference, at least until Sia’s Top 40-edging “Chandelier,” is that Hynes’ appeal has been more to a self-consciously plugged-in niche, while Sia has channeled her creations through what’s left of a mass-culture megaphone.
They cross paths, on Hynes’ Spotify-only “Chandelier” remix (via Pitchfork), exactly how, in hindsight, you knew they had to: furtively, in the shadows. Hynes dramatically reworks the song, muting its power-ballad theatrics and adding his own wounded vocals. When that “swing from your chandelier” hook finally arrives, it’s as if from the room next door, where the neighbors are quarreling (“Stop talking to me,” Hynes insists) after too many 1-2-3 drinks. The introspective, after-hours atmosphere is in keeping with Hynes’ downbeat Palo Alto soundtrack work, there under full name Devonté Hynes. It would be a treat to hear Sia return the remix favor — perhaps finding the pop-star smash in Hynes’ cinematic brooding?