The 4AD Sessions have been documenting live performances from artists on the label's roster since its inception back in 2008. Housed at www.4ad.com/sessions, the site has since become a much bookmarked site among discerning music fans, allowing the label an in-house alternative to present their bands in both a unique and compelling way.
The series began with Deerhunter’s audio-only session at Studio Plateaux on Platts Eyot Island in West London, originally inspired by the Peel Sessions archive and a desire to replicate the live experience in a creative manner. It was subsequently released as an extremely limited cassette tape, both given away at a Halloween show in their native Atlanta and through an online competition, and has since become one of the label’s most desired releases from recent years.
Since then, the 4AD Sessions have grown in both scale and ambition, filmed in locations ranging from a New York studio to a club in Copenhagen to a purposefully constructed ‘infinity room’ in the heart of rural England, highlighting the talent that now defines the label at their very best.
To celebrate the first ten sessions to air, a track from each of the sessions to date has been carefully selected to create the compilation, 4AD Sessions 2008-2011. Working with long-term visual collaborators, v23, to help turn it in to an artefact, only 1,000 copies have been pressed up on clear vinyl and once out of stock, it won’t receive a repress. Destined to also become a very collectable record, it’s being distributed worldwide to all the artists involved, through competitions, to a handful of shops - including the new online US 4AD store - and to friends of the label.
A digital version is now available to download for a limited period from the new look www.4AD.com. By downloading, you will automatically be entered in to a competition to win one of 50 copies of the LP. Sign up from the widget below. The label have also teamed up with VEVO to provide a channel containing 9 of the best videos from the series - watch them here (also compatible with iPad).
4AD Sessions 2008-2011 appears both ahead of the eleventh instalment in the series (which is due to air this October), and on the same day as the launch of the label’s brand new webstore, which reopens for business after a five-year hiatus.
4AD Sessions 2008-2011
A1. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti ‘Menopause Man’
A2. Blonde Redhead ‘Here Sometimes’
A3. Twin Shadow ‘Forget’
A4. Gang Gang Dance ‘Chinese High’
A5. Deerhunter ‘Never Stops’
B1. tUnE-yArDs ‘Powa’
B2. Efterklang ‘I Was Playing Drums’
B3. Broken Records ‘Home’
B4. Stornoway ‘Here Comes The Blackout’
B5. Iron & Wine ‘Big Burned Hand’