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Remains

Remains

July 9, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: July 9, 2009
  • Release Date: July 9, 2009
  • Label: Nervous Circus
  • Copyright: 2009 Nervous Circus
  • Duration: 4:04 minutes
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  • ASIN: B002HTN5QS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,163 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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If I didn't already know, I'd say that this song had to be associated with one of the distopian present series of the last few years like Dollhouse or The 4400. It has layers of feeling to it that words rarely adequately convey, and yet it tells a simple story of a woman whose life and even memories have been torn away, and who none the less remains who she is at her core. It's this simple premise that makes both Dollhouse and this song so powerful.

Musically, it's a fairly simple song, and Jed's other soundtrack work really comes through, here. The distorted bells and drawn-out chords would be at home on any of the moodier and thoughtful dramatic offerings of the big or small screen these past few years.

Bottom line: for $0.99 how can you possibly go wrong?
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I admit I've been a fan of the late 80s / early 90s female singer songwriter genre, and am sometimes saddened that we're back churning out pop-heavy medleys.

"Remains" has the feel of a production values that remind me directly of that; it's the kind of song you could feel would come right out of the Eric Rosse wheelhouse.

Sometimes it's hard to tie music together, but listening to this reminded me of older Sarah McLachlan, Tori, Kate Bush..

I say surprising because there is always expectation of someone who wants to make a spash as a first effort to do something pop or mainstream. But in bucking those trends, several artists have found their home.

Here's hoping this is the leadoff single for future work.
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So, this officially becomes the first MP3 I've ever paid for. I knew I had to have this after listening to "Everything You Ever" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Maurissa sings all of four words on that track, and yet their delivery was enough to make the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

She's fantastic here, too. Her voice is intimate and wistful and still comes across as completely sincere.

The structure of the song is nothing groundbreaking, and it's not very high-energy, but it really sets a moody, introspective tone beautifully. And it moves very effectively from a verse that sounds depressed and exhausted by life into a chorus that suddenly finds optimism. Jed is very accomplished at setting a mood to a message. Whereas rock bands often write music and then find lyrics to match that mood, working with musicals has obviously forced Jed to practice working from lyrics as a starting point.

And I like the lyrics. They remind me a little of Death Cab's "Your Heart is an Empty Room." They also remind me a bit of Penny's Song in Dr. Horrible. This seems to be a favorite theme of Jed and Maurissa's: finding hope in pain, or maybe even finding hope because of pain. Penny's coping mechanism was to force herself to feel pity instead of grief; Remains is a justification for "burning down" everything important to you because that's the only way to see what you really are. It's a really smart and poignant lyric. Hopeful and cynical at the same time. But mostly hopeful.

I truly hope this blossoms into a full-length album. But even if this is a one-off, I'm sure there will be plenty more of their work to enjoy.
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I love everything Maurissa Tacharoen and Jed Whedon do together. I wish they would put out a full length album! I was looking for this song for awhile since it is from Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" series. I was glad to finally find it. It's a beautiful song and makes you eager to hear more from these two talented artists.
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I first heard this song on Dollhouse, and from that moment on became hooked. The combined brilliance of Jed Whedon and his wife Maurissa Tanchareon is beyond words. I've listened to this song so many times that I have lost count. It is one that I find to be soothing, memorable, and beautiful in every instance; never failing to touch the heart or my emotions.
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I only knew about this by watching the extras on the last disc of Dollhouse Season 1. Turns out Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon wrote/performed this because they didn't have the money to license a pop song for the end of Episode 13 (which is WELL worth seeing by the way, since Fox inexplicably never aired it on TV).

The irony is I love this song, and I'm sure it's 12x better than any licensed song they would have used.

Remember the sound quality in the actual song is much better than Amazon's preview, and the great thing is both Amazon and Apple don't use DRM on their music so you actually own it. No reason not to spend that $1 :)

(And don't forget to check out The Guild music video they and Felica Day did, along with all of the extended Whedon family stuff that you probably already know about if you found this song to begin with :)
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By E. Edwards on February 15, 2013
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This song is absolutely beautiful. I bought it to put on a mix CD for my boyfriend, with whom I shared the series Dollhouse. If you haven't seen Dollhouse, watch it (beginning with ep. 5; you can watch the first 4 eps later) and if you haven't heard this song, listen to it.
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I've had this song on repeat for the past 2 days since I bought it. It is simple and peaceful, and so beautiful! The song has a very bittersweet tone to it. There sadness but also hope, like at the end of a lot of horror movies when the survivors are done fending off the zombies and finally take a step back to look at the ruins of the world. Kind of has a "It's a sad day, but the worst is over" feel to it.

It's definitely the perfect song to tuck into bed with and fall asleep to after a long day. Totally worth $0.99.
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