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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Rejected from shelter

No excuse for donor fatigue in the face of this year's epic charity compilations from Antiopic/Thrill Jockey, birds of passage, flau, Hibernate/Fluid Radio & Unseen (previous coverage) - a touching counter-tsunami of creativity & generosity to benefit Japan & New Zealand...

Kanshin, Hibernate & Fluid's contribution, is a 31-track trove of treasures. Sure, there are occasional mawkish or sickly moments. But the notable line-up (listed in full below) delivers a welter of stand-out offerings.

These are headed by a ravishing excerpt from Yann Novak's translucent 3 Surfaces. Other subtle gems of texture & tone come from the likes of p jørgensen & Ian Hawgood, Talvihorros, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry, & Relmic Statute (all streamable in full below).

Clem Leek: Light Passage II (Grief)
Hummingbird: Dancing Shadows
Relmic Statute: Lopery
Scissors and Sellotape: Heal
P Jørgensen & Ian Hawgood: Isles
Wil Bolton: Lost In Transit
Field Rotation: A Pondering Silence
Caught In The Wake Forever: LiaFail (At Dawn)
Damian Valles: Clime
Library Tapes: May (Variation)
Yellow6: Repeat
Maps and Diagrams with Ylid: Again
Felicia Atkinson: Chaleur Vacante
Hessien: Flightless And Nocturnal
Yann Novak: 3 Surfaces Excerpt
Offthesky With Ten And Tracer: Therapy Refuge
Orla Wren With Katie English: Swallowtail Yellow
The Moving Dawn Orchestra: We're Here
Spheruleus: Residue
The Silence Set: So Will Everything We Love
Aaron Martin & Machinefabriek: Utsutsu
Szymon Kaliski: And Longing
Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry: Grainslip
Bengalfuel: Gorgon
David Newlyn: Landscape (III)
Tom White: Bright Rooms
Listening Mirror: The Cause Of It All
Talvihorros: Perigee
Alex Durlak: Bellows
Antonymes: Kiotsuketene
Kyle Bobby Dunn: Britannia Into Morning

Buy via Bandcamp (£6 minimum or £10 double CDs from the curators)...

Background: "Kanshin has been put together to raise money for the current recovery in Japan following March's earthquake.

As the sensationalist media broadcasters find other things to talk about in the news, a huge recovery operation is still on-going as we speak. Many people have lost everything. So we decided to put together Kanshin so that via Ian Hawgood, 100% of profit from compilation sales will go directly towards the Japan recovery and on-going relief efforts. Ian lives in Japan and his wife is currently working with both the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support organisation (JEARS) in Sendai and surrounding areas, as well as the Direct Help for Victims and Animals Rejected from Shelters in Japan group who are going up to areas which are not receiving government support for food, water, basic supplies, as well as rebuilding and cleaning up. By this means they are able to transport food, clothing and aid directly almost every other weekend and during holidays to areas which are not getting enough or any support.

Ian's wife has also arranged a house as a base in Sendai for volunteers and a temporary home for found animals who are then moved on through JEARS either to foster homes or animal centres. We felt that any funds we can send this way would probably have more of an immediate impact than donating via one of the larger UK charities."

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