Favorite 4AD Album (Ivo Era)


Many greats to choose from. My selection:

This Mortal Coil - Filigree & Shadow (1986)


Will have to go with Surfer Rosa.


Heaven Or Las Vegas


oh god

favourite label ever, especially 80’s/early 90’s

Red House Painters- Down Colourful Hill
His Name Is Alive- Mouth by Mouth

HNIA are criminally underrated. Should be as revered as the Cocteau Twins.


Maybe not my favourite-favourite but this thread reminded me that I discovered the album Euphoria by Insides which was released in 1993 via our 4AD week and I really need to spend some more time with it http://drownedinsound.com/lists/4ad-week



Red House Painters, indeed. I find Autumn to be the perfect time of year to revisit their first 4 albums, and dusk to be the perfect time of day.


This seems to be pretty good! Will check it out properly tomorrow!


First thought is Treasure, but so many favourites. This is a great unofficial website, 1988 was incredible. http://4ad20.themysteryparade.com/4ad--the-first-twenty-years--1988.html


so many amazing releases - such a gutsy label I think

those early Birthday Party releases are particular special to me, as are Pixies releases

a personal favourite would be Underground Lovers - Leave Me Blind


Yep, Undergroung Lovers – Leaves Me Blind (though strictly speaking is 4AD sub-label Guernica)

Also: Doolittle for obvious pick, and Tarnation’s Gentle Creatures for super obscure pick.


this was on 4AD?! had no idea. always associated it with Too Pure.


True - it was a Guernica release - but i think they can be counted as a 4AD release technically

Plus 4AD has them on their history discog list


Hey, I’m not complaining; just flaunting my indie knowledge.

  1. Cocteau Twins - Treasure
  2. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
  3. This Mortal Coil - Filigree and Shadow


TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain :cookie::mountain:


Ah, came to post this. What an album!


Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses


Post Ivo years, but slso post the barren GusGus/Cuba years when 4AD got its shit back together and you could imagine Ivo would approve!


Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona (is that 4AD?)

If not, Doolittle.