4AD is the British independent record label, founded by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent in 1980.
The label gained huge acclaim in the 80’s for releasing albums from alternative rock, post-punk, gothic rock and dream pop artists, such as Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Modern English, Dead Can Dance, Clan of Xymox, Pixies, Throwing Muses and Watts-Russell’s own musical project This Mortal Coil.
Our stores are now stacked with a great selection of records from 4AD, see some of our choice cuts below…
Bauhaus In The Flat Field
Since its original release in 1980 to generally indifferent reviews, Bauhaus’ debut album has grown in stature and is now appreciated as an innovative foundation stone of ‘Gothic’ music. Peaking at number one and remaining on the UK ‘Indie’ chart for over two years, this dynamic collection defies categorisation, offering an incendiary tinderbox of driving jagged rhythms, screeching guitars, brooding atmospherics, provocative lyrics and wildly animated vocals.
Dead Can Dance The Serpent Egg
Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard are Dead Can Dance. Their music began as collages made from musical lineages, lost tribes and cultures long since forgotten – and by giving new life to so much from the past, they created a genuinely timeless body of work.
Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun drew on Middle Eastern influences, a process that was further explored two years later by the The Serpent’s Egg, which saw Dead Can Dance telescoping in on an earlier period of European music.
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The National Trouble Will Find Me
Trouble Will Find Me, the most self-assured collection of songs produced by The National in their 14-year career, is a tribute to fully evolved artistic vision—and, somewhat less mystically, to sleep deprivation.
From beginning to end, Trouble Will Find Me possesses the effortless and unself-conscious groove of a downstream swimmer. It’s at times lush and at others austere, suffused with insomniacal preoccupations that skirt despair without succumbing to it. There are alluring melodies, and the murderously deft undercurrent supplied by the Devendorfs.
Red House Painters Ocean Beach / Shock Me
All Red House Painters songs have the urgency of someone who believes. With the 4AD contract signed and the album released, the band began receiving positive notices in the British music papers. Legitimate comparisons to Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison were made.
For 1995’s Ocean Beach, Kozelek removed much of the reverb from his voice. It signified a new confidence. Once visibly nervous and shaking behind the microphone, he’d become more comfortable on stage.
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Beirut – Flying Club Cup
Beirut – No No No
Belly – Star: 2lp
Birthday Party – Junkyard: Box Set
Blonde Redhead – 23
Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago
David Byrne & St Vincent – Love This Giant
Cocteau Twins – Stars And Topsoil: 2lp
Dead Can Dance – Within The Realm Of The Dyingsun
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Tim Hecker – Love Streams: 2lp
Holly Herndon – Platform: 4lp
Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
Lemon Twigs – Do Hollywood
Lush – Ciao: Best Of: 2lp
The National – High Violet
The National – Sleep Well Beast
The Pixies – Bossa Nova
The Pixies – Surfer Rosa: 180 Gram
The Pixies – Doolittle: Ltd
Red House Painters – Red House Painters (Rollercoaster): 2lp
St Vincent – Strange Mercy
TV On The Radio – Desperate Youth Blood Thirstybabes
Scott Walker – Drift