By Jon Wiederhorn
Kanye West has proven to be a master of presentation and composition, whether he’s dealing with a three-minute pop song or a radically restructured hour-long remix of The Life of Pablo track “Father Stretch my Hands.” Yeezy created the latter for fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who used it at a Paris fashion show to launch the latest styles from his Off-White clothing line.
Since then, West posted a 40-minute edit of the song, which is ominous and ambient, featuring spacious electronic melodies, barely-present beats, swelling choir-like keyboard passages, intermittent strings and the repeated vocal, “Beautiful morning.” Later in the mix, more vocal snippets from the album version of “Father Stretch my Hands” wash through the mix.
West’s majestic remix was payback of sorts to Abloh, who has helped create numerous designs for the Yeezy fashion label. The song was similar in structure to a shorter remix West used at the Los Angeles video premiere for the launch of “Famous.” The music for that presentation was written by electronica duo DJ Dodger Stadium.