I’m not sure that I want to live in a world where the sound of Zarbo isn’t there to refresh my spirit. A world where the infectious enthusiasm of a song triggers an immediate smile. Such is the case in Zarbo’s new-ish hit “Get Up And Dance (Electro Remix)”. Zarbo, a Canadian power pop rock trio that recorded the original “Get Up And Dance” in the 80s is returning to its debut album, A-Z Collection, and remixing the eight songs. The driver to the project is lead singer, bassist and band namesake, Alexander Zarbo.
It’s unusual excitement, an emotional contrast, after day after working for nothing, but working for reason, pleasure is the outcome, Zarbo sings with a bit of behind-the-scenes attitude. He’s mixed just under the strutting bass guitar (which is amazing, by the way), and the newfangled sunbursts he’s inserted on the remix. I got so caught up in the chorus (get up and dance and get up, get up, get up and dance and get up and dance, when you get up and dance…), that the world just slips away into this night club of laser-like colors, happiness on everyone’s faces around you and nothing to think about but the hypnotic bass line and Zarbo’s gregarious voice. He’s the life of the party to a certain extent, but it’s the resonating beats and rhythms that contain the most combustible energy.
Intermixed between the refreshed modern beats is that bouncy bass guitar. I get so used to hearing pop rock songs where the bassist disappears into the orchestration, but in this case, it’s very prominent. It’s not quite the funky trip you might hear in a disco-era track, but it comes very close. The embellishments of the remix tones and the bass guitar give “Get Up And Dance (Electro Remix)” a nice sequel to the original. I think it would be interesting to hear a bit more looping of his vocals, just my opinion, but I liked the pristineness of the vocals. They felt very real, almost as if you were at the club and he was singing right on stage in the same room. I think Zarbo could have been influenced in the other direction too, and gone too modern. He doesn’t and the final track is leveled to a way that new listeners won’t feel cheated by not being around for the original song.
The world Zarbo creates in this song is a cut-off from chaos, partitioned from pity and abandons apathy. You are instantly involved emotionally, and to be perfectly honest, physically. I was able to escape and transform my mood. It’s so simple, really. You have to laugh that such a simple song can do so much. Now is that art or what? All it takes is to press play on this one and you’re off and running. “Get Up And Dance (Electro Remix)” doesn’t require any special prerequisites or hang-ups. Just as its name suggests, get up and go and get up and dance to Zarbo.
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