Earlier this month, Bon Iver and Peter Gabriel announced their upcoming split 7” single, which features Justin Vernon covering Gabriel’s “Come Talk To Me” and Gabriel covering “Flume” from For Emma, Forever Ago. Well, now they’re not the only artists dropping a song swap 7” this spring: Glasgow’s Camera Obscura have teamed up with former Pulp member and solo artist Richard Hawley for their very own double A-side, “The Nights Are Cold”/”The Sweetest Thing,” due out on May 17.
Per 4AD’s announcement (via Exclaim), Hawley remixed My Maudlin Career single “The Sweetest Thing” on one side of the vinyl release, while Camera Obscura covered “The Nights Are Cold” from Hawley’s second album, Late Night Final. In a statement, Keyboardist/singer Carey Lander recounted a short story about how she first heard Hawley’s music and subsequently introduced his work to the rest of the band:
I think the first time I heard of Richard Hawley was when our album Biggest Bluest Hifi came second to his Late Night Final as the Best Album Of The Year in some Spanish awards thing. I borrowed the album from Kenny and listened to it, hoping it would be rubbish so I could dismiss it and proclaim dramatically that we’d been robbed. Unfortunately, it was the record to have most excited me on a first listen ever. It went straight on repeat, I wrote him an email of gushing admiration and phoned Tracyanne to tell her I’d heard something amazing and would bring it round to her house as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the indie pop sextet are gearing up for a massive tour this spring that will carry them into the summer. Check out their upcoming schedule here.