Our artists are our voice. Artists speak for us.
I have been moved by Joseph Arthur since the days of his great album Redemption’s Son.
In the face of a demagogue, Arthur needed to write:
“The Campaign Song”
Not particularly subtle but to the point.
“The Campaign Song”
The idea is a simple one. Publish one song a day for 30 days until the election for a Trump-Free America.
The songs will champion a diverse, inclusive and prosperous America.
The songs will demonstrate the gravity of this election and they’ll reject Trump’s bigoted divisive campaign.
Conceived by author Dave Eggers the first song released is “Million Dollar Loan” by Death Cab for Cutie.
“Million Dollar Loan”
Lykke Li has formed a supergroup with producer (and boyfriend) Jeff Bhasker (who has worked with such artists as Kanye West, Mark Ronson, and fun.), Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow and Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John.
“Wings of Love” is their first song.
“Wings of Love”
Until the Hunter will be her 3rd.
On a pre-release track from the album she teams up with Kurt Vile.
“Let Me Get There” Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions featuring Kurt Vile.
Sleaford Mods is an English duo out of Nottingham.
Their minimalist punk sounds are prominent on their latest single “TCR”.
TCR stands for Total Control Racing, a 1980’s racing kit. Here it is a metaphor for a life going round and round with no purpose.
Toward the end of recording process Cave lost his teenage son in a tragic accident which affected the final mixes and overdubs.
The making of the album is documented in the new film One More Time with Feeling.
“Jesus Alone” is the lead track.
There was a time when musicians were the voice of protest, speaking out against war, racism and inequality.
So rare these days.
Yet here is a southern alternative country band, Drive-By Truckers, that I would never have thought would be on this website with one of the most profound songs of the year.
Perhaps they can inspire other artists to speak up.
“What It Means”