After Metallica's recent and somewhat controversial project with Lou Reed and Editors' Tom Smith teaming up with Ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows to name just a couple, 'collaborations' seem to be the current trend and news has broken of two exciting match-ups:
An intriguing prospect is Singer songwriter Feist being set to collaborate with Metal monsters Mastodon, due to work together, each planning to cover one of the other artist’s respective tracks for a split 7" release for next April's Record Store Day.
Mastodon's Troy Sanders commented "The idea is for Mastodon to cover a Feist song and throw some hair and dirt on it. [Feist will] take a Mastodon song and pretty it up a little bit,". Feist met the boys in October on Later… Jools Holland. Feist had this to say of the meeting: "Brent [Hinds of Mastodon] and I were nodding at each other, and he's like, 'nice riff,' and I'm like 'nice tone'."
Meanwhile in planet prog Porcupine Tree and current prince of prog-rock Steven Wilson is recording a new album with Opeth's multi-talented singer Mikael Akerfeldt – to be called 'Storm Corrosion', anticipated for release early 2012. Apparently the album is near completion with all writing finished and just some recording still to go.
Wilson has spoken about what we can expect from this mouthwatering combo. "We sat in a room together and wrote music together, rather than taking his music that he'd already written and working it into a record. We actually started from the very basics, composition and arranging. If you'd ask me three months ago, I would have said expect the last thing you would've expected. But actually, now that [Opeth's latest record] Heritage has come out, and [Wilson's solo album] Grace of Drowning has come out, I don't think it's going to be that much of a shock to people because it's almost like a third part of the trilogy in a way."
All sounds like good fun to us!