The Head and the Heart, Brandi Carlile record love songs for forthcoming Starbucks album
Two local acts will be featured on a forthcoming Valentine's Day-themed album released by Starbucks. Brandi Carlile The Head and the Heart will both have tracks on "Sweetheart 2014," a 13-track album of covers of famous loves songs, which also includes performances from Fiona Apple, Vampire Weekend and Sharon Jones.
Artists were asked to choose their favorite love song and record their own version.
For the album, Carlile, a native of Ravensdale, Washington, recorded a version Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain." Subpop-signed The Head and the Heart, whose members no longer all reside in Seattle but recorded their self-titled debut album in Ballard, chose Harry Nilsson's "Don't Forget Me."
Songs by Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Bob Marley are also covered on the album.
Some of the tracks have been released already, including Jim James's version of "Turn Your Lights Down Low," which Pitchfork debuted, and Beck's cover of John Lennon's "Love," which the record's label, Hear Music/Concord Music Group, made available exclusively on Esquire.com.
Previous editions of "Sweetheart" have included Seattle-area artists, as well; in 2005, Neko Case covered Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain," and 2009's compilation included a song by Death Cab for Cutie.
The compilation, which will be available online and in Starbucks stores on February 4, is the fifth in a series created exclusively for the coffee retailer.