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Ben Gibbard curates Yoko Ono tribute compilation featuring David Byrne, Japanese Breakfast, more

Ben Gibbard has announced a new tribute compilation called Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono, out on February 18th.

Ben Gibbard is a longtime fan of Yoko Ono, and often cites her as a key influence. The star-studded compilation will feature contributions from The Flaming Lips, David Byrne, Japanese Breakfast, Sharon Van Etten, and more. Today, he’s previewed the project with a cover of “Who Has Seen The Wind?” from David Byrne and Yo La Tengo. Gibbard says the project was “born out of both love and frustration.”

“The ‘love’ part is pretty obvious,” Gibbard continues. “It is the seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and enjoyment Yoko Ono’s music has provided me and I must assume everyone else present here on this compilation. The ‘frustration’ part, on the other hand, goes back decades.”

Listen to David Byrne and Yo La Tengo’s cover of “Who Has Seen The Wind?” below.
 

 
Pre-order Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono here or check out the tracklist for the album below.
 
“As an advocate, the tallest hurdle to clear has always been the public’s ignorance as to the breadth of Yoko’s work,” Gibbard continues. “To put it into context; This is an artist whose output has run the gamut from avant-garde to bubblegum pop, often across a single album. For years, it has been my position that her songwriting has been criminally overlooked. She has consistently created melodies as memorable as those of best pop writers. As a lyricist, she has always written with poignance, sophistication and deep introspection.”

Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono Tracklist:

01 – Sharon Van Etten – “Toyboat”
02 – David Byrne and Yo La Tengo – “Who Has Seen The Wind”
03 – Sudan Archives – “Dogtown”
04 – Death Cab For Cutie – “Waiting For The Sunrise”
05 – Thao – “Yellow Girl (Stand For Life)”
06 – US Girls – “Born In A Prison”
07 – Jay Som – “Growing Pain”
08 – Stephin Merritt (of Magnetic Fields) – “Listen, The Snow Is Falling”
09 – Deerhoof – “No No No”
10 – We Are KING – “Don’t Be Scared”
11 – The Flaming Lips – “Mrs Lennon”
12 – Japanese Breakfast – “No One Sees Me Like You Do”
13 – Yo La Tengo – “There Is No Goodbye Between Us”
14 – Amber Coffman – “Run Run Run”

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