Tears For Fears have begun writing and recording new original songs for their next studio album, their first in ten years, to be released in 2014. After recently surprising fans with their new recordings of Arcade Fire's "Ready to Start" and Hot Chip's "And I Was A Boy From School," Tears For Fears have just debuted a new cover of Animal Collective's "My Girls," complete with a new animated video created by Vinyl Williams.
Tears For Fears' Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal have approached the recordings as a way to show "some reciprocal cross-generational love" for the artists and bands who have been inspired by, and recorded covers of, Tears For Fears songs. Lorde's new cover of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' made headlines when it was announced last month, and Matthew Dear (featuring Tegan and Sara) has just released a new recording of one of Tears For Fears' first singles, "Pale Shelter."
"The idea was before we actually had any material, before we got together, that we might try and do a couple of cover versions to sort of kick-start the recording process again," Orzabal told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. Fans and critics alike have enthusiastically welcomed the band's first new studio releases since 2004's Everybody Loves a Happy Ending.
Along with the recent recordings, the band has embarked on a broad catalog retrospective campaign. The first release is the new 30th anniversary edition of their acclaimed debut album, 1983's The Hurting. The influential synth-pop record was digitally remastered and expanded with live sessions, B-sides and remixes for worldwide release last month in 3CD/DVD boxed set, 2CD, and digital packages.
Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide and a career that has spanned three decades, Tears For Fears stands out as one of the most successful singer, songwriter and producer duos of the modern era.