Arthur Russell blended dance, folk, pop, classical, whatever, and created something utterly unique and extraordinary. He died of AIDS in 1992, at age 40, but his profile has risen considerably over the last two decades; frankly, I’d guess that a majority of the artists covered by Stereogum would cite him as an influence. So it’s appropriate and very cool to see so many of those artists will be featured on an upcoming Arthur Russell tribute album called Red Hot + Arthur Russell: This Is How We Walk On The Moon.
On board already to cover Russell’s songs are Twin Shadow, Washed Out, José González, Laurel Halo, Robyn, Glen Hansard, Javelin, Hot Chip, Nico Muhly + Owen Pallett, Cut Copy, Sandro Perri, The Revival Hour, Will Sheff, Sam Amidon, Ólöf Arnalds, Devendra Banhart, Dan Boeckner, Chad VanGaalen, Scissor Sisters, Oh Mercy, Rubblebucket, and Thao with The Get Down Stay Down. The project was organized by Red Hot, in association with Pitchfork.
They’re starting with a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce the collection. Backers will get access to exclusive remixes and alternate versions of tracks, and more generous backers get anything/everything from an invitation to the Red Hot + Arthur Russell loft party (at which some of the tribute’s artists will perform their songs) to an executive producer credit on the album. The campaign ends on 9/8. Check out the video for more info, and Kickstart here.