Earlier this month it was revealed that SALEM, the Michigan trio who helped popularise the ‘witch house’ microgenre, were returning with new music. Photographer/musician Wolfgang Tillmans revealed the news on Instagram, writing that the band’s Jack Donoghue and John Holland had remixed his track “Make It Up As You Go Along”, and that remix would precede their first album since debut King Knight in 2010.
Today, SALEM’s remix of the song has surfaced online. It’s a brutal piece of instrumental electronic rap, paired with a nightmarish video of a black river. The track appears on Tillmans’s new Device Control EP, whose title track “Device Control” also bookends Frank Ocean’s new visual album Endless.
Speaking to The FADER, Tillmans described spending time with SALEM in Montague, Louisiana. “They were living in a simple wooden house on an endless rural street alongside a river,” he said, “They had gone through some problems in the last few years and didn’t find it easy to continue after the wave of excitement they initially created. They are finally confident to keep the best of their original sound and reconnect with where we are now.”
The remix is the band’s first track since they released the I’m Still In The Night EP in 2011. Listen to it below.