Two years removed from their brilliant, critically acclaimed third studio album Lost in the Dream, Philadelphia's The War on Drugs have previewed their dazzling cover of “Touch of Grey” from the forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute compilation Day of the Dead, which arrives via 4AD May 20th.
Conceived and orchestrated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, Day of the Dead is the latest installment of the revered Red Hot Organization’s music series, which has generated more than $10 million dollars for HIV/AIDS research, relief, and awareness since its founding in 1989. According to an official 4AD statement, the ambitious project is “a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long.”
In addition to The War on Drugs, Day of the Dead features covers of Grateful Dead songs by Courtney Barnett, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The Flaming Lips, Bruce Hornsby, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), The National, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends, Real Estate, The Walkmen, Wilco, and Lucinda Williams, among many others. For the full track listing, click here.
Stream The War on Drugs’ “Touch of Grey” below, and pre-order Day of the Dead via 4AD, Amazon and iTunes. As a special bonus, preview tracks by Courtney Barnett, The National, and Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends below as well.