After its release in July 2007, BBC Music called Tegan & Sara's The Con
"a mystifyingly absurd but extraordinary album." The album showed another side of the Quin sisters, one that wasn't afraid to experiment with the contrast between vibrant pop melodies and melancholy meanings. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their explosive fifth record, the Canadian duo are putting a special twist on a re-release. Each of the album's 14 tracks will be covered by a different artist, along the lines of Bleachers' Terrible Thrills Vol. 2.
Throughout their career, the Quin sisters have been incredibly vocal about their dedication to and involvement in the LGBTQ community. Last year, the sisters took their passion for social justice to a new level, creating a non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ women and girls worldwide. All proceeds from the re-release will benefit the Tegan & Sara Foundation
, which uses the sisters' artistic platform to raise awareness for issues of health, poverty, and representation within the community.
In an emotional blog post
, Sara Quin wrote:
"When I hear another band or artist cover one of our songs, it can be indescribable and pleasantly disorienting - creating hope where there was originally hopelessness or joy where there was only ever regret. A pop song can become a claustrophobic ballad, or an anguished confession might be transformed into a euphoric mantra. In some ways, hearing someone else interpret something so familiar is a way to finally be freed from the personal history of the song and hear it for the first time."
The list of artists involved in the project has yet to be announced, but there's no doubt Tegan & Sara hand-picked 14 amazingly talented acts. It's too bad we have to wait until October 13 to hear this creative collection of covers.