Four Tet, Matmos Turn Sabbath Inside-Out
Four Tet, Matmos, Paul Newman, Ruins and Racebannon are among the acts contributing tracks to "Everything Comes & Goes: A Tribute to Black Sabbath."Four Tet, Matmos, Paul Newman, Ruins and Racebannon are among the acts contributing tracks to "Everything Comes & Goes: A Tribute to Black Sabbath." Due April 5 via Temporary Residence, the set has been in the works for more than eight years, during which time Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has become even more of a household name thanks to his MTV reality show and annual Ozzfest tour.
In fact, the album took so long to complete that one contributing act, the Curtis Harvey Trio, has since broken up, leaving its cover of "Changes" as its only recorded output. Japanese noise-rock outfit the Ruins' selection, "Reversible Sabbath," wasn't even solicited; when the band heard the album was in progress, it simply submitted a DAT to Temporary Residence with the handwritten message, "We hope Sabbath fan will not angry with this song."
In fact, "Reversible Sabbath" is the skewed highlight of an already unusual collection, as it finds the Ruins running through a few bars of about eight different Sabbath songs, and then playing them again in reverse order.
"If the first half was written out as sheet music, you would flip the sheet music upside down and play it that way for the last half," Temporary Residence's Jeremy DeVine tells Billboard.com. "The notes are inverted, and the songs are played perfectly backward, like a mirror. It's totally mental."
Four Tet's Kieran Hebden blends acoustic strumming with treated beats on his cover of "Iron Man," while electronica duo Matmos renders "F/X" into a barely audible jumble of electronic chirping. In its instrumental version, Grails emphasize both the sludge and power of the monolithic "Black Sabbath," while Paul Newman proves a perfect choice at interpreting the dynamically variant "Fairies Wear Boots," which Sabbath frequently turned into a 20-minute jam in live performances.
One act unable to capitalize on the project's eight-year turnaround was Jason Molina's Songs: Ohia project. In 1997, Molina submitted a cover of "Solitude" as well as a truncated version of "Snowblind" recorded on a four-track, but never had time to re-record the songs with a full band to his satisfaction.
Here is the track list for "Everything Comes & Goes":
"Reversible Sabbath," Ruins
"Black Sabbath," Grails
"Iron Man," Four Tet
"Changes," Curtis Harvey Trio
"Fairies Wear Boots," Paul Newman
"Planet Caravan," the Anomoanon
"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," Racebannon
"Sweet Leaf," Greenness with Philly G