Arthur Russell 7″ Cover Series Announced

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Arthur Russell 7″ Cover Series Announced

Experimental label Unheard of Hope has announced a new 7″ series featuring artists covering their favorite Arthur Russell songs. The series, titled Small Wonder, includes recordings by Peter Broderick, Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier, Russell’s collaborator Peter Zummo, Mabe Fratti, and more.

The first 7″ will be a split of Peter Broderick and Peter Zummo’s version of “All-Boy All-Girl,” as well as Zummo’s rendition of “Tone Bone Kone.” Both tracks include appearances from Mabe Fratti, Sebastian Rojas, and Joe Carvell (aka Pink Shabab). The record is available digitally today and will arrive on 7″ later via the Unheard of Hope. Hear the tracks below.

“‘All-Boy All-Girl’ has been one of my favourite Arthur Russell tracks for years,” Broderick said in a press release. “I never thought to cover it before because, like most the material on the World of Echo album, it is hard to pin down what exactly the song itself is. What is the song, what is the production, and what is the performance? It’s all very amorphous, and I love that about it. When asked to cover an Arthur track for this project, I thought I’d finally give this song a try. And with the help of Mabe Fratti and her friend Sebastian Rojas, I hope we have created a worthwhile tribute to this song which has brought me to tears many times.”

Zummo added:

One day when we were working in the rehearsal studio, Arthur mentioned his idea of a song called Tone Bone Kone. We talked about it but I never heard any music. I wondered about what role the trombone could take on. Later, I was surprised and pleased to hear his solo version on the World of Echo album. For a few years I’ve tried it with colleagues here in New York, looking for a group approach to Arthur’s cello/delay vamp. Just before the pandemic hit in March, 2020, I had some concerts in the UK with Peter Broderick, Joe Carvell, Mabe Fratti and Sebastian Rojas. We played Tone Bone Kone as our encore. This recording builds on the live energy the group was getting into at the close of those concerts.

Read “Wild Combination Mirrors the Dreaminess of Arthur Russell’s Music on Film” on the Pitch.

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