Published May 27, 2008Feist and Death Cab for Cuties main man Ben Gibbard are reportedly joining forces for an upcoming duet. According to Billboard, the two will be uniting in the studio to record a song together for the upcoming Red Hot album, a charity compilation for AIDS research.
Gibbard and Feists contribution will sit alongside others by artists such as Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, TV on the Radios Dave Sitek and Sharon Jones, all of whom are onboard for the album. Also featured on the comp, which is being produced by the Nationals Aaron and Bryce Dessner, is a collaboration between David Byrne and Portland art rock outfit Dirty Projectors.
"We found out David was a fan of Dirty Projectors, and he was at our show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Aaron Dessner recently told Billboard. "So, we kinda cornered him and suggested it. The songs are amazing.
Byrne has since wrote a fair share about his two-song collaboration with Dirty Projectors on his blog, saying, "Id been told more than once that we should all work together, and it seems the suggestion was fated to be realised. The tune is as oddly structured as any of their pieces, but you sort of dont notice because it is really catchy and it all flows as if nothing untoward is going on whatsoever.
On the Nationals end, the group have recorded a song with vocalist Antony (of Anthony & the Johnsons fame) for Red Hot, which Aaron Dessner says will likely feature 24 to 30 songs total and will be out either in the fall or sometime early next year.