Magazine article New Internationalist

Not Alone

Magazine article New Internationalist

Not Alone

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Not Alone

by Various Artists (Durtro Jnana 196300 $CD)

Finally, a charity record that breaks the mould of tired old rehashes branded with a caring, sharing label. Not Alone, a majestic five-CD boxed set compiled by avant garde luminary David Tibet and Jnana Records' Mark Logan, is not only sending its proceeds to Médecins Sans Frontières; it's also a record of the state of the song in today's independently minded musicians. Available via Jnana's website fora paltry $24.99, this is a set that offers one-offs from the likes of Marc Almond, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, rediscovered folkies Shirley Collins and Vashti Bunyan as well as Antony, this time without his Johnsons.

With 75 tracks at its disposal, Not Alone makes no bones about its musical bandwidth. Electronic experimental duo Matmos grab psalteries and bagpipes for their wordless 'A Song For The Appeal' and Devendra Banhart a simple guitar for 'A Sight To Behold'. …

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