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Mastodon Hoping To Hook Up With Feist for Split Single

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Mastodon and Feist, together at last? Consider it one of the more intriguing collaborations in recent memory. The Southern metal mavens and the Canadian indie-pop chanteuse reportedly are looking to team up for a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single that will feature each artist covering a song by the other artist, with the results being available on Record Store Day 2012, set for April 21.

Feist, whose latest album is titled ‘Metals,’ hinted at the hook-up during a recent interview with Hit Fix, even saying she pitched the idea of a split release with her label, Matador Records, after meeting the band backstage at the British musical show ‘Later With Jools Holland.’

“[Mastodon’s] Brent [Hinds] and I were nodding at each other, and he’s like, ‘Nice riff,’ and I’m like ‘Nice tone,'” she says. “So backstage I’m thinking about letting these two worlds collide, how they should collide, so I’m like ‘How about ‘Metals’ meeting metal?’” Feist explained, saying she sort of pitched a split record to Mastodon. “Brent was like, ‘Well, I do like that “Bad in Each Other” song, I could see that.’

Then Mastodon’s Troy Sanders let the rest of the cat out of the bag. “The idea is for Mastodon to cover a Feist song and throw some hair and dirt on it,” Sanders told MTV Canada. “[Feist and her band are] going to take a Mastodon song and pretty it up a little bit.”

But the collaboration isn’t a done deal — Mastodon are busy fellas and have to see what their schedule allows. “We only have a short window to make that happen, which is the month of December,” says Sanders. “But we’re going to do everything we can to work with Feist and have a split seven-inch to support independent record stores.”

Hit Fix suggested that Feist may take a crack at ‘Crack the Skye’ single ‘Oblivion,’ but frankly we’d love to hear her turn in a cover of current ‘The Hunter’ single ‘Curl of the Burl.’ It may seem obvious but we think it’s oddly suited for her. As for Mastodon covering Feist, how about ‘1234’ — the one from that iPod commercial a few years back — but we’re all about them throwing some hair and dirt on top of it.

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