Machina X 2000 Miles
14. December 2022 By Walter Price 0


Nature of Wires ☩ Machina X 2000 Miles is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music

Machina X 2000 Miles

by Walter Price

The oft-misunderstood tribute to their original jangle master guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, The Pretenders’ early 1980s accidental hit “2000 Miles” is now a Holiday Season staple. And over the decades it’d be quite the task to visit a mega box store and not hear this track wafting from far above speakers. Of course, it’s a song that’s weathered the ages, Chrissie Hynde was at the height of her songwriting, and the seminal album from which this song landed, “Learning to Crawl” (1984), is a cornerstone of any proper vinyl collection.

This is now, err 2021 to be precise, and the two forces of Nature of Wires and Machina X had teamed up to move this post-punk classic into a more… synth-driven ethereal realm. And, for the money, this redux arguably has a far more Christmastime vibe than the original. On their Bandcamp page, the duo shared, “Nature of Wires and Machina X take this original, guitar-driven track into a rich and bright contemporary synthscape. Annie’s distinctive vocals nestle nostalgically within this wonderfully paced synth sleigh-ride, mingling Echoes of Christmas Past ghosts with hopeful glimpses of Christmases to come.” Agreed.

I wouldn’t suggest replacing The Pretenders’ version of “2000 Miles” on your favorite Holiday playlist, but I would certainly urge you to get the Nature of Wires ☩ Machina X version included toot sweet just the same. Slot it someplace between the seasonal vibes of Au Revoir Simone and The Bird and the Bee…Eggnog and chill.


Original artists’ photos via Facebook and Bandcamp // Quote via Bandcamp

Arranged, recorded, and produced by Nature of Wires + Machina X

Original Words & Music – Chrissy Hynde (The Pretenders)
Easy Song Licensing – 1437848

Artcover Design – Machina X/Nature of Wires
Photo credit: Olive Branch Visuals

NoW // Machina X // The Pretenders

He’s gone
2000 miles
It’s very far
The snow is falling down
Get’s colder day by day
I miss you

The children were singing
He’ll be back at Christmastime

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