Bandcamp are waiving their fees today, from midnight to midnight US Pacific Time, so it’s a good time to splurge and support artists who can suddenly no longer tour. Tom Critchlow suggested blogging some recommendations of things to buy. So here’s a hasty list of some things I’ve bought and liked.
§ Update, 1 May 2020. Bandcamp are doing this again today, and on the first Fridays of June and July. Since I last wrote I’ve particularly enjoyed everything by ME REX whose wordy songs I enjoy more and more. Here’s their most recent single, Flood:
And Specialist Subject, a record shop and label from Bristol, have a compilation album of demos by their artists, Furlough Your Dreams, available for only 24 hours:
Clumsy Knot by Randolph’s Leap, from Glasgow who have been going ten years, so they have loads of other albums I should get round to but this is the one I have, and I love the earwormy tunes and the witty lyrics.
Ten Hymns From My American Gothic by St. Lenox, “an indie pop outfit helmed by Andrew Choi”. The album was “written, performed and recorded by the writer in off hours, while working as an attorney in Manhattan” and I’ve found it, and his others, oddly addictive.
Lingua Franca by Linqua Franqa from Athens, Georgia always reminds me I should look for more low-key, quick-flowing rap because I keep coming back to this album.
Talking of Indietracks, all their compilation albums are splendid if you’re inclined in any way to indie pop/rock/punk and proceeds go to support a railway museum in Derbyshire.
That’s more than enough suggestions. Buy!