Blonde Redhead frontwoman Kazu Makino has curated a new compilation to benefit the victims of the devastating earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis that struck Japan less than a year ago. The compilation features exclusive contributions from the likes of Broadcast, Karin Dreijer Andersson (of Fever Ray/The Knife), Liars, Deerhunter, Interpol and many more, and is released digitally through Blonde Redhead’s own Asa Wa Kuru (Japanese for ‘Morning will come’) imprint today. A double vinyl set will be available from February 7. Pre-order the vinyl version here.
The compilation’s title, We Are The Works In Progress, is a nod to the fact that many of the songs features are not completely finished, with Makino stating “Unfinished things often carry more energy…the possibility of it eventually becoming something great is infinite without having to be quite yet. I’ve noticed that each songs relates to one another. Like my friend Scott Mou said, ‘It sounds like each song is passing a baton to the next one.’ I feel the same way.”
Andersson’s contribution is called ‘No Face’, and is a darkly experimental behemoth of a song. It’s part of the soundtrack that she composed a stage production of Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 horror ‘The Wolf Hour’, and recalls the operatic drama of 2010′s Tomorrow, In A Year.