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.
- Releases more in line with the content on this blog, featuring anthemic tracks big on guitars, hooks, and melody.
- Compilations catered more so towards the singer-songwriter genre, leaning towards acoustic sentimentality and delicately-composed beauty.
- Spaces for the stranger selections, seeking to soothe and offer comfort. An astral aesthetic complements the mesmeric and magical qualities of these compilations.
A Lonely Ghost Burning Links