While Tears For Fears are busy taking on Animal Collective and prepping their seventh studio album, Matthew Dear and Tegan and Sara have teamed up to cover a hit from Tears for Fears’ back catalog, 1983’s “Pale Shelter”. Their collaboration, a faithful yet modernized rendition, is six minutes of resplendent glimmer, built on Dear’s eclectic production chops and Tegan and Sara’s eighties-tinged electro-pop leanings.
Both Sara Quin and Dear offered statements on the cover:
We have been heavily influenced by Tears For Fears’ impressive body of work and it was an honor to create a new version of one of our favorite songs. Matthew Dear immediately came to mind as an exciting collaborator and we were delighted when he said yes! Matthew had suggested we try a vocal riff off the top of the song, and I think it adds a nice signature and melody to the final track. – Sara Quin, Tegan and Sara
I’ve been a fan of Tears For Fears for quite some time. When Tegan & Sara approached me to be involved with the project, my answer of “Yes!” was easy to come by. Many of today’s artists have been greatly influenced by Tears For Fears, and it was an honor to try and do the song justice. This cover also gave me the opportunity to work with Tegan & Sara from the start to finish of a song. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of crafting the music around their vocals, and working closely with them on the final mix and feeling of the song. – Matthew Dear
Listen in below (via Stereogum).