Thank you, bandcamp, for continuing to help me destroy the illusion of pure altruism. When I donate or try to offer my time to anything or anyone that I feel morally compelled to try to help in some way, I feel better. Now it's 2018; bandcamp grants me endless opportunities to try to help AND get music at the same time! IT'S THE FUTURE...
Kith & Kin, the new transatlantic label based in New Jersey, USA and
Huddersfield, UK, is pleased to announce its inaugural release, Freedom of the Press. The project was conceived purely as a fundraiser for the Freedom of the Press Foundation and built with love.
The contributing artists showcase the breadth and vibrancy of the modern psychedelic songwriter scene, sharing a tone, point-of-view and collective vibe that permeates the album.
The artists all donated their tracks for the cause. The lever of journalism to root out corruption keeps our society in balance. But it comes at a cost to individual journalists; it can be dangerous work speaking out against power.
The daily erosion of our essential freedoms also comes at a cost to the rest of us: a sense of ambient dread and powerlessness. And yet, the research, writing, and publishing of information against the will of the powerful can be a generous offering, a source of light. At its best great journalism is a reminder that we’re all connected and moving
through the world together.
Which brings us to the music on Freedom of the Press. It was our intention to highlight music with a sense of joy and being free. And when I listen now, I hear a lightness to the songs, a sweetness and ease, the collective sigh of the artistic plight that also combats powerlessness and draws us closer.
It’s not protest music per se, but the music on Freedom of the Press is imbued with the characteristics and vibes of the protest music and “Cosmic American” cultural shift of the late-’60s and beyond. I hear bits and pieces of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, Gram Parsons and Fleetwood Mac, John Fahey and Neil Young, the MC5 and John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar and Joni Mitchell.
The musicians on Freedom of the Press are urgent and contemporary. They present us with their offerings. Living and working as artists and free-thinkers in unkind times is its own method of protest against abusive power. Ride on.
released July 27, 2018
Mastered by Dominic Tanner at Bojanic Audio & Mastering, Manchester, UK
Executive Producer: Scott McDowell
Art Direction/Design: Darryl Norsen
Publicity: Clandestine Label Services, Adam Downey & Tom Abbs
Track #2 (The Weather Station) recorded live at WFUV and engineered by Chris Russo
Track #14 (75 Dollar Bill) recorded live at WFMU and engineered by Serge Z
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Special thanks to Cory Rayborn, Nick Mitchell Maiato, Trevor Timm, Noelle Nish, Dave Kormann, Mark Koch, AtoZ Media.