The excellent Drowned in Sound recently ran a series on the ever-excellent, and ever-relevant, 4AD record label, and I will post a few of the best here, starting with this interview…
Stately indies don’t come any more revered than the quarter-century-old 4AD. Firstly, because they are and always have been a proper ‘indie’ – an independent record label who release a certain type of leftfield, but quite special music. Secondly, their longevity, range of release and ability to unearth key time and genre defining bands (see; Pixies, Cocteau Twins, TV on the Radio and The Red House Painters).
Famed first and foremost for being the home of Pixies, the bands who’ve also passed through and currently reside there, such as The Breeders, Blonde Redhead, The Mountain Goats and Scott Walker only add to its hefty reputation and prestige.
DiS nails down current co-curator Ed Horrox (alongside Chris Sharp) for a Q&A about the world of 4AD. Do enjoy.