VARIOUS ARTISTS: “Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years Of 4AD)” 2LP.

VARIOUS ARTISTS: “Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years Of 4AD)” 2LP.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS: “Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years Of 4AD)” 2LP. Released 23rd July 2021

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VARIOUS ARTISTS: “Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years Of 4AD)” 2LP. Released 23rd July 2021

In 2020, 4AD turned 40. Never one to be on time for a party, the label is
commemorating that landmark this year with the release of ‘Bills & Aches &
Blues’.
The compilation features 18 of its current artists covering a song of their
choosing from 4AD’s past: a creative experiment rooted in the spirit of
collaboration and a snapshot of 4AD, 41 years after its inception.
‘Bills & Aches & Blues’ will be released on double CD and double LP. The
first 12 months’ profits from ‘Bills & Aches & Blues’ will be donated to The
Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based after-school programme for children
from communities and schools that lack equitable access to studying the arts
or music.
‘Bills & Aches & Blues’’ 18 recordings contain fascinating connections
between artist and track. The earliest song chosen (by U.S. Girls) is The
Birthday Party’s ‘Junkyard’, from 1981; the most recent are the two Grimes
covers (‘Genesis’ and ‘Oblivion’, respectively by Spencer. and Dry Cleaning)
from 2012. Suitably, for the one band that bridges 4AD past and present, The
Breeders are all over ‘Bills And Aches And Blues. They’re covered three
times – ‘Cannonball’ by Tune-Yards, ‘Mountain Battles’ by Bradford Cox of
Deerhunter and ‘Off You’ by Big Thief, whilst The Breeders cover ‘The Dirt
Eaters’ by their ‘90s contemporaries His Name Is Alive.  Landmark songs such as ‘Cannonball’, ‘Song To The Siren’ and Pixies’ ‘Where is My Mind?’ will feel comfortable to casual fans, however by
contrast, much joy can be found in the album’s surprise choices, such as Air
Miami’s ‘Seabird’ and the Lush B-side ‘Sunbathing’, covered respectively by
new signings Maria Somerville and Jenny Hval.
‘Bills & Aches & Blues’ is named, arguably (as Elizabeth Fraser never published the lyrics), after the opening line of Cocteau Twins ‘CherryColoured Funk’. Perhaps too unique and uncoverable in their own right, their
legendary take on Tim Buckley’s ‘Song To The Siren’, under the name This
Mortal Coil (along with Buckley’s pre-Starsailor acoustic version) informs SOHN’s cover.
Some tracks unearth hitherto hidden shared DNA, such as Future Islands’
and Colourbox’s ‘The Moon Is Blue’; other tracks are more akin to
reinvention. Aldous Harding distils the melodic essence of Deerhunter’s
‘Revival’ and recasts it in her own uncanny image. U.S. Girls’ future-disco
‘Junkyard’ and Bing & Ruth’s neo-classical instrumental ‘Gigantic’ are even
more radical interpretations. Leading off the album, Tkay Maidza brings both
her Art Rap and R&B game, but also an unexpected ‘80s synth pop template,
to Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind?’, a perfect title for these chaotic times.

Tracklisting
Tkay Maidza – Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)
U.S. Girls – Junkyard (The Birthday Party)
Aldous Harding – Revival (Deerhunter)
The Breeders – Dirt Eaters (His Name Is Alive)
Maria Somerville – Seabird (Air Miami)
Tune-Yards – Cannonball (The Breeders)
Spencer. – Genesis (Grimes)
Helado Negro – Futurism (Deerhunter)
Efterklang – Postal (Piano Magic)
Bing and Ruth – Gigantic (Pixies)
Future Islands – The Moon Is Blue (Colourbox)
Jenny Hval – Sunbathing (Lush)
Dry Cleaning – Oblivion (Grimes)
Bradford Cox – Mountain Battles (Breeders)
SOHN – Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley)
Becky and The Birds – The Wolves Act I and II (Bon Iver)
Ex:Re – Misery Is a Butterfly (Blonde Redhead)
Big Thief – Off You (The Breeders)

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