4AD, the legendary record label who brought artists like Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Lush, TV on the Radio, and St. Vincent to prominence, are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. To celebrate, some of the labels current roster are covering tracks from the labels deep history and releasing them on a compilation called Bills & Aches & Blues.
The label has released an EP version to tease the full-length LP that will come later, which includes current Far Out favourites Dry Cleaning covering what is arguably Grimes’ best known track, ‘Oblivion.’
Dry Cleaning are a collection of weirdos, pairing punk-fuzz with spoken word, so aligning themselves with a simpatico weirdo in Grimes is a match made in weirdo heaven. More down tempo than the original, Dry Cleaning filter the bouncy ’80s flavour of the original through the electronic haze of early Suicide and the endless layers of sound from shoegaze.
Also featured on the preview version of the EP is Future Island’s take on Colourbox’s ‘The Moon Is Blue’ from their eponymous 1985 debut album, Jenny Hval’s cover of Lush’s ‘Sunbathing’ from their 1990 EP Sweetness and Light, and Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox’s version of the Breeders’ ‘Mountain Battles,’ the title track to the band’s fourth studio album released in 2008.
This is all a tremendous flex for 4AD, getting their more recently famous artists to cover the work of their legendarily famous artists. The question of which current acts will appear on the compilation, and which songs they will choose to cover, is still a mystery. Could we conceivably hear The National do a spacey, depressed version of ‘Where Is My Mind?’. Or maybe Tune-Yards will fulfil their destiny by releasing their own version of ‘Pump Up the Volume.’ Anything is possible.
The full album is set for an April 2nd release. Physical copies of the album will be released later on July 23rd.