Various Artists No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Compilation

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Nov 23rd, 2020

Carpark Records is celebrating its 21st anniversary! From its early days as an outlet for the growing IDM scene, to releasing the genre-defying music of over 60 artists, Carpark has a lot to boast about in its 21 years of existence. To honor this milestone, the label is releasing No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp. The album features Carpark and imprint artists from all throughout Carpark’s history covering fellow labelmates and pushing the already eclectic music into exciting, new territory.

Label founder Todd Hyman established Carpark Records in 1999 in New York City, focusing primarily on experimental electronic music, including releases from artists such as Kid606 and Casino Versus Japan. When Carpark Records moved to the D.C. area in 2005, the label released music by numerous Baltimore acts, perhaps most notably, Beach House and Dan Deacon, bringing new attention to the label. Later, the 2009 single “Blessa” from Toro y Moi signaled the next chapter in Carpark’s history. The label continued to grow and released acclaimed albums by rock bands like Cloud Nothings and Speedy Ortiz. Holding on to the label’s love for electronic music, Carpark released albums from Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi) and Young Magic. Now, the label continues to work with exciting bands across the world such as Palm, Madeline Kenney, and The Beths. Over the years, Carpark has also expanded into a larger family of imprint labels such as Company Records with Chaz Bear (of Toro y Moi), Wax Nine with Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Paw Tracks with Animal Collective, and Acute Records with Dan Selzer. These imprints have been responsible for breakout albums by Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Ariel Pink, Tanukichan, Johanna Warren and re-issues of seminal works by Theoretical Girls and Glenn Branca.

After 21 years of releases and tours, Carpark Records pays homage to its incredible roster with No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp. The album is full of creative reinventions of various releases from Carpark’s past. An energy-filled cover by Melkbelly of Dan Deacon’s “The Crystal Cat” opens the album, followed later by Sad13’s churning cover of Cloud Nothings’ “Psychic Trauma.” Johanna Warren’s folk-leaning cover of the raucous, pop-rock song “Happy Unhappy” by The Beths, transforms the original into a solemn, gut-punching track. Skylar Spence and Fat Tony’s cover of “Ordinary Pleasure” by Toro y Moi is full of pop and disco flair, but holds onto the rhythm and expressiveness of its model. No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp is an exciting revisit, and reimagination, of iconic releases from Carpark Records.

Tracklisting

1. Melkbelly – The Crystal Cat (Dan Deacon cover)
2. Skylar Spence & Fat Tony – Ordinary Pleasure (Toro y Moi cover)
3. The Mattson 2 – Forever, Until (Dog Bite cover)
4. Sad13 – Psychic Trauma (Cloud Nothings cover)
5. Emily Reo – Gila (Beach House cover)
6. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Berlin Nites (Dinky cover)
7. Rituals of Mine – Girl Like You (Toro y Moi cover)
8. Madeline Kenney – Pearly (Palm cover)
9. Erin Anne – Strawberry (Emily Reo cover)
10. GRMLN – Hey Cool Kid (Cloud Nothings cover)
11. Cloud Nothings – Villain (Speedy Ortiz cover)
12. Popstrangers – Just Imagine (Sonic Boom cover)
13. Dan Deacon – Humbucker Blues (Ed Schrader’s Music Beat cover)
14. The Beths – Less Than Thou (Marumari Mix)
15. TEEN – Cut Me Off (Madeline Kenney cover)
16. Montag – Rio (Adventure cover)
17. Johanna Warren – Happy Unhappy (The Beths cover)
18. Dent May – Saltwater (Beach House cover)
19. Introverted Dancefloor – Now Is The Time of Emotion (Prince Rama cover)
20. The Beths – Starsign (Over The Atlantic cover)
21. Astronauts, Etc. – Riddles (Ed Schrader’s Music Beat cover)

Audio

Other Info

UPCs
2xLP (vinyl): 677517015010
digital: 677517015058
focus track single “Happy Unhappy”: 677517015065

  • North American publicity by Grandstand
  • 21 covers of Carpark artists by Carpark (Family) Artists
  • Facebook boosted posts and targeted Instagram dark posts
    throughout campaign
  • Pressed on Stracciatella vinyl, includes free digital download
  • Digital release November 23rd, 2020, 2xlp street date March
    19th, 2021
  • 21st anniversary merch, including hoodie and cap, available for purchase.

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photo by Alec Moss

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