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ZZ Ward Embraces Synths on 'Put the Gun Down (Passion Pit Remix)' - Premiere

Singer-songwriter gets electro-heavy revamp

ZZ Ward
LeAnn Mueller
December 12, 2012 9:00 AM ET

Click to listen to ZZ Ward's 'Put the Gun Down (Passion Pit Remix)'

Rising pop singer-songwriter ZZ Ward released her debut studio album Til the Casket Drops in October. Now you can check out this bumping remix of the album cut "Put the Gun Down" courtesy of Passion Pit, who trade in the original's retro-soul feel for a bouncing, sticky synth riff.

"I could have never imagined hearing my song remixed the way Passion Pit did," Ward tells Rolling Stone. "They are so incredibly talented and it's so exciting to hear your song in a totally new light! They really breathe a whole new life into it!"

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