Released: January 2012
Label: Choose My Music
The State Of Music is a project featuring a series of compilation albums released by UK label Choose My Music. Originally thought up by Dominik Paczko, The State Of Music project compiles a compilation volume featuring one independent artist from all fifty states of the United States, with all proceeds going to a charity called Camden Calling. It’s a wonderful charity that helps out homeless musicians and other creative people in London, check out their website and donate at www.camdencalling.org
This project has released two compilation volumes in the past, with a third on it’s way in the backend of June. Choose My Music Records became a proper record label with the intention to release the material of the artists they found, and some of these artists have either been signed, or reached their first radio plays in the UK, some have even been nominated for awards. It’s a great project with a great cause, and everybody ends up winning.
There’s strong variety featured on the The State Of Music Vol 1 for everybody to check out and enjoy. If you’re after hip-hop, then you can check out Kendall Elijah and Unsung, both offer some great laid back instrumentations and solid tracks. If you’re after straight-forward indie tunes, then you can't go wrong with Hands & Knees, one of my personal highlights of The State Of Music Vol 1, or Dads’ Dan’s Christopher Walken Impersonation. Heck, fancy some banjo? This volume’s got it!
It also includes one of my favourite artists of the year too. Gomez Addams’ The Backyard offers more of the relaxed atmosphere and sweet acoustic sounds that made me fall in love with latest album Summer Viking. Check out a few of the mentioned artists’ songs in the embedded and purchase a copy of The State Of Music Vol 1! It’s a really great compilation, and once again for a great cause too. You can purchase a copy of The State Of Music Vol 1 here on the official website, or download it via iTunes also.