The Twilight Sad promised a shift in direction for their third LP No One Can Ever Know which was released earlier in the year. It was an entirely logical evolution and did little to stem the power and intensity of the band's sound. The post rock wall of noise they had so potently established progressed naturally in a more industrial, electronic direction. It was a brutal and aggressive triumph. The band have now taken this electronic influence a stage further by handing over a collection of tracks from the LP for the remix treatment. The band are not entirely new to having their songs tinkered with, fellow Scots Errors and Mogwai have previously remixed material with considerable success, but clearly this project is a much grander undertaking.

The roll call of remixers is an impressive one; from established acts like Liars, Tom from The Horrors and Com Truise to relative newcomers such as Warsnare and Ambassadeurs, it's an eclectic and interesting roster. The first thing to say about the collection itself is there is some exceptional tracks here. Obviously it helps when you have such excellent source material as your starting point, but for the most part these new interpretations are a success. It's not a push to say Liars are the most established contributors to this record and it is their take of 'Nil' that fairs best. It's been injected with an uplifting beat and crackly static, while maintaining the pounding, looped drum structure from the original as well as the ominous and menacing ambience. It really is dare I say, very, very danceable. Now The Twilight Sad and dance floors may not have previously been associated with one another, anyone ever raved off your tits to 'Cold Days From The Birdhouse' circa 2.30am? No of course not. This was never the intention of James Graham and co but this is the beauty of a project like this, and Liars have seized the opportunity with both hands, completely transforming a piece of dark, dense and gloomy electronic music into something you could easily imagine recreating the earlier scenario to.

Not all of these refixes are quite as powerful as Liars' efforts, and the record probably is one or two songs heavy, but there are other treasures to be found. Com Truise's glitch, synth heavy refix of 'Sick' is wonderful and like many of these tracks manages to develop a entirely different perspective while maintaining the dark aesthetic of the source material. Optimo's mix of 'Alphabet' is as dance floor friendly as you would expect from the duo and Tom Furse's Dub mix of 'Not Sleeping' is an impressively marked departure from the original.

As I said the album does feel slightly heavy and this may stem from the fact that there is actually only four tracks here ('Nil', 'Not Sleeping' and 'Alphabet' are all tackled twice and 'Sick' three times) so as impressive and varied as the mixes are, after a few listens you can find yourself wondering if an EP, with one or at most two versions of each song, would have sufficed. However this small gripe aside No One Can Never Know: The Remixes has definitely been a worthwhile experiment for both, band and the featured contributors.