Project Spotlight: A Lonely Ghost Burning (Carefully Curated Compilations For An Explorative Audience)

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This is less of a review and more of a promotion piece for a project I approve of wholeheartedly. I’ve had the pleasure of writing about the work of A Lonely Ghost Burning for over four years now, observing the evolution of the project during that time. Founded by Jamie Downes in 2013, the project is “focused on the seeking, sharing and supporting of underexposed new music, aiming to exist in the interests of artists and listeners alike.” As a listener, I’ve satiated my appetite for new music every time Downes has compiled a new compilation – fourteen of which are available online. These compilations, plucking artists from the underground buffet of Bandcamp, are intent on unearthing gems, and they frequently do. Available as “pay-what-you-want” downloads the opportunity for exploration is great this far down the line, each compilation carrying between eleven and fifteen carefully considered selections. Speaking from experience, a lot of musicians would settle solely for your time and the opportunity to offer something worth experiencing, and A Lonely Ghost… offers them a platform by which to be discovered. It’s a venture impossible to fault, and it’s one I consider highly commendable. What sets these compilations apart if the care with which they are crafted, from the artist’s style to the thematical content, and particularly to the tracklist order. This is a project doing everything right, from releasing high-quality compilations to promoting extraordinarily talented visual artists, to conducting in-depth interviews with the musicians featured.

Divided into three categories of classification, A Lonely Ghost Burning’s discography is a musical goldmine, housing around one-hundred-and-fifty artists you may not be familiar with. I’ve written about each compilation from the offset, some more extensively than others, and I encourage you not necessarily to read my words on each of them, but to browse for yourself. For ease of access, I’ve separated my thoughts by compilation series, and have linked also to each individual compilation on Bandcamp.

READ: Alternative Melodies Volumes 1-6

  • Releases more in line with the content on this blog, featuring anthemic tracks big on guitars, hooks, and melody.

READ: Beautiful Songwriting Volumes 1-5

  • Compilations catered more so towards the singer-songwriter genre, leaning towards acoustic sentimentality and delicately-composed beauty.

READ: Oneiric Escapism Volumes 1-3

  • Spaces for the stranger selections, seeking to soothe and offer comfort. An astral aesthetic complements the mesmeric and magical qualities of these compilations.

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  2. […] A Lonely Ghost Burning‘s Alternative Melodies series of compilations seeks to promote the work of artists primarily from the genres of rock and indie, with the many sub-genres covered also. Each release boasts a selection of songs rife with heart and energy, dynamic and anthemic, from the finding-its-feet feel of the initial Alt / Punk moniker to the streamlined immersion of the later releases. Below you’ll find words about each release, composed at the time indicated before I was as familiar with the releases as I am now. You should also hopefully be able to note the way I’ve got better at writing about them. Find my thoughts on the other strands of the project here. […]

  3. […] Started in early-2015, the Oneiric Escapism branch of all-things A Lonely Ghost Burning offered something different, the intentions of the compilations varying from those of the counterparts. Here, the emphasis was on finding something sonically absorbing, and the artists considered seemed intent on spellbinding a listener instead of simply soundtracking a mood or moment. It was an intriguing prospect and a new slant to the project, highlighting artists whose music seeks to transport a listener. As is often the case with these compilations the title definitely fits. The element of transient transportation is very much the objective, and the objective is met. If you’re curious about the objectives elsewhere, you can explore more here. […]

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