After 2012’s release of “The Electronic Anthology Project Of Dinosaur Jr.” between Built To Spill toursm Brett Nelson set out to find the next Electronic Anthology Project, his manager and longtime friend Matt Eidson suggested Death Cab For Cutie. Where Dinosaur Jr’s music had pop elements buried beneath distortion and feedback so Nelson could pick and choose what to embellish, Death Cab For Cutie’s were right out in front, a challenge to Nelson to re-imagine the music but not try to play the hooks and melodies too blatantly.
The Electronic Anthology Project was formed by Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson in 2009. Having always loved 80’s New Wave music Nelson wondered what a guitar driven band like Built To Spill would sound like as an 80’s synth-pop group. So Nelson entered his home studio and emerged with seven Built To Spill tracks recorded using only synthesizers and a drum machine. Fellow BTS bandmate Doug Martsch re-sang all new vocals and helped Nelson mix the final product. The Electronic Anthology Project debuted July 2010 as a self released C.D.
Although considered as a one off goof project to not be taken too seriously by some critics Nelson was inspired to take it even further and began recording and mailing out demos to various bands to do the next EAP.
Once Ben Gibbard of Death Cab agreed to the project, Nelson spent the better part of the year making five demos and sending them to Gibbard to choose two for the final release. The results being ‘Soul Meets Body’ and ‘Champagne From A Paper Cup’. The two songs show DCFC’s diversity in playing and writing styles from their inception to the massive popularity they have achieved today.
‘Of Death Cab For Cutie’ is Nelson’s third release since The Electronic Anthology Project began in 2009 and is scheduled for release July 2nd on colored 7″ vinyl and also as a digital two-song bundle for download.
Nelson has already begun trying to get other artists to do the next EAP for 2014 and is still working with Doug Martsch for a vinyl release of the The Electronic Anthology Project Of Built To Spill on vinyl remastered with bonus tracks for future release. Read more about The Electronic Anthology Project here.