Arguably the most surprising Record Store collaboration (next to Ke$ha's team-up with Flaming Lips) now has equally surprising cover art. In an effort to match the majesty of their forthcoming split 7" Feistodon, for which Feist and Mastodon came together to cover one another for a good cause, the two acts have combined for a photo collage that uses bits of their faces and hair and a graffiti'd tongue too perfect to be real. The latter is most likely a cheeky reference (wild guess) to the Canadian folk enchantress' rendition of "Black Tongue" from last year's The Hunter, appearing here with Mastodon's take on stormy Metals cut, "A Commotion."
In an interview with Swedish blog Metal Shrine, Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor explained that the project, which came together during conversations backstage between tapings of the BBC's LateNight...with Jools Holland, presents a unique challenge: "It's fun for us," he said. "I mean, most times we end up doing covers of bands that are already sort of heavy or that is already in that vein, like the Melvins, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, you know what I mean? What are you gonna do to those songs to make them your own? It´s kinda difficult and especially with stuff like Metallica or the Melvins where we're so kinda familiar and in love with the versions that Metallica and the Melvins and Thin Lizzy have created, you wanna make it sound like theirs because that's what you're so used to hearing. You don't really wanna mess with it. With Feist it's something that we could really play with and do something different with." Feistodon is due April 21, which is, of course, Record Store Day.