Friday December 4th is the final Bandcamp Friday of 2020, which of course means Bandcamp is waiving the platform’s fees so all money goes to the artists today.
Here’s some ideas on what to support, and if none of it floats your boat, chose one of the independent acts from your Spotify Wrapped this year and give them money by buying a vinyl.
I made a big Twitter thread last month too.
Dublin – Digital Radio – ddr. Compilation 03
Support the work of online radio station Dublin Digital Radio by buying volume 3 of their compilation series featuring 17 tracks from artists like T-woc, Reetabix, Variant Crew, Repeater, Richie Kaboogie and more. It’s primarily a digital compilation but also available as a cassette with an A3 print.
Gash Collective – Gash Trax Vol.1
In case you are unaware, Gash Collective is an Irish collective “focused on providing a platform for female and LGBTQ+ DJs and producers.” Their seven-track EP is out today and features Gadget And the Cloud, ELLLL, Syn, Irene Buckley and more.
Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands – Stereolith
Paddy Kelleher is back with a new four-tracker on the Wicklow label Remote Town.
“From tales of romance embedded in mythological dreamscapes to a 50s rockstar archetype and the darkness that lies within.”
Natalia Beylis – The Steadfast Starry Universe
‘Described as an audio guidebook to her mystical life in rural Ireland, Natalia Beylis’ The Steadfast Starry Universe is music that lives in the slimy, gooey, squelchy reality of nature, rather than taking in romanticised panoramas. Her lulling arrangements adding a magical levity to the damp, earthy environments that surround them.
The Kiev-born, Baltimore-raised and currently Ireland-dwelling composer crafts gentle, sparse songs on a variety of recognisable and not so easily recognisable acoustic instruments
Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Real Connection Remixes
Arvo Party, Naive Ted and Drain Rod remixes of the Limerick band’s Stir track.
Pillow Queens – In Waiting
Silverbacks – Fad
Vinyl version of one of the best Irish rock albums of the year.
Nealo – All The Leaves Are Falling
Niamh Regan – Hemet
Galway singer-songwriter Niamh Regan also played Other Voices last night and Hemet is one of the year’s best Irish albums.
Malaki – Chrysalis
Just released debut album from Dubliner Malaki. Buy the vinyl direct from the artist.
Sorcha Richardson – First Prize Bravery
A great album from last year. Vinyl available.
Ailbhe Reddy – Personal History
The long-awaited debut album from indie folk singer-songwriter. Vinyl available
The Scratch – Couldn’t Give a Rats
Acoustic speed folk from the Dublin tune merchants.