Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
British Sea Power covers Pixies
Frank YangThe first covers selection of 2011 is inspired by the first major record release of 2011, at least in my books, and that’s Valhalla Dancehall the new album from British Sea Power. And for the track, we reach back three years and a bit for Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies, a tribute album dedicated to the college rock forebears.
The Brighton-based band not only turned their selection it into an instrumental, but they turned it into an ambient instrumental – the finished product has more in common with Caribou the band than “Caribou” the Pixies song. In fact, it’s nigh unrecognizable, even if you know what the song is supposed to be, the only obvious connection being the melodic hook at the end of the chorus. And while most of it’s rather serene – perfect for the post-New Year’s Eve weekend – it does get abrasive towards the end, because what’s a Pixies cover without a quiet-LOUD dynamic shift?
Valhalla Dancehall is out next week. Pixies continue to not release new music but make old show recordings from both their original run and reunion available for download. In addition, their latest best-of compilation Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies gets a double-vinyl release next week.