Tears For Fears’ most recent record, 2004’s Everyone Loves A Happy Ending, was the first original material Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith had produced together since 1989’s The Seeds of Love and their subsequent split two years later. It’s no surprise the influential duo are back in the studio working on a new album — reissues and reunion shows have been hinting at it since …Happy Ending‘s release — but what is in fact surprising is what Orzabal and Smith did to get back into the recording groove. They wrote covers. Okay, not that shocking, I know. But the songs they chose to cover and their face-smacking magnificence will have you running to the record store to dig for all things Tears for Fears.
Back in August, Tears For Fears’ cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start” graced the interwebs. Another one for Hot Chip’s “Boy from School” followed suit in October. The most recent addition to the duo’s collection is Animal Collective’s “My Girls,” a pop-minded rendition that stays true to the originals ambient, not-of-this-world properties while still sounding very much like Tears for Fears. They even had a hallucinatory, spaced-out video, made by Vinyl Williams, to go along with its release. Watch it above.
Tears for Fears upcoming LP is slated for a 2014 release, and to commemorate their thirty years in the industry, the band has released a limited edition box set of their platinum-selling debut album, The Hurting, via Universal.