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IDLES share pounding cover of Sharon Van Etten song ‘Peace Signs’


IDLES have shared a pounding cover of Sharon Van Etten song ‘Peace Signs’. The track arrives as part of a new covers album that the American singer-songwriter has hand-crafted.

Van Etten is celebrating her 2010 album, epic, with a new bumper double LP version of the record. The first half of the album will be her original version, with the second half of epic TEN consisting of covers by some of Van Etten’s favourite artists, including IDLES, Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Courtney Barnett ft. Vagabon, Big Red Machine (Aaron Dessner & Justin Vernon), Shamir and St. Panther.

Big Red Machine and The National’s Aaron Dessner worked as a producer on the project. He commented: “Sharon is one of my favourite songwriters and I’ve been very lucky to get to collaborate with her many times over the years.

“Recording ‘A Crime’ with Justin, more than 10 years after we covered ‘Love More’ at Music Now with my brother Bryce – and thinking about all our shared memories – it felt like coming full circle.”

Meanwhile, Van Etten stated: “Epic represents a crossroads for me as an artist. Going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up.

“I am in awe of the artists who wanted to participate in celebrating my anniversary and reissue, from young inspiring musicians, to artists who took me under their wing, who I met on tour, and to artists I’ve looked up to since I was a teenager. Each one of these artists continue to influence my writing and provide a sense of camaraderie during this new era of sharing music.”

Check out IDLES’ lively take on ‘Peace Signs’, below.