We’re big Feist fans around here, so imagine our delight upon finding out that not only does she feature on the new Red, Hot Compilation Dark Was the Night, but that she covers Vashti Bunyan’s ‘Train Song’. The compilation seems to be a mix of covers and originals, but it’s chock full of quality acts and not the usual ol’ wash-ups desperate for any grain of publicity.
Songs like the Band Aid one (especially the bleeding-from-my-ears 20th anniversary update) or ‘We Are the World’ (I can remember about Michael Jackson’s sparkly glove in the video, which now seems really creepy) are the vocal equivalent of a group hug. Dark Was the Night is full of awesome music, featuring some of the brightest and best US and Canadian talent from the last five years including Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Beirut, Arcade Fire, The National, Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine.
There are a couple of songs for download on the 4AD website including Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ and ‘Knotty Pine’ by David Byrne and The Skinny Projectors, and since February 1st, a different track is streaming every day on the record’s Myspace page.
Bugger the reason, for 12 quid you get loads of great music and it’s for charidee.