The folks at The Red Hot Organization (with a little producing support from the National's Dessner brothers) have released the 20th compilation to raise funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Dark Was The Night is a two disc release with 31 tracks showcasing some of today's best acts.The tracks cover a smattering of delicious sounds from the up tempo Knotty Pine put forth by Dirty Projectors and David Byrne to the steady and playful So far Around the Bend by The National to the title track Dark Was The Night by the Kronos Quartet. In an interview posted on Pop Tarts Suck Toasted Bryce Dessner says they had to turn away offers of B-sides and rarities from some acts and I have to say the editorial decision was a wise one. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this album are the interesting pairings that came together in support of this fantastic cause. The interweaving sounds of Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner on Big Red Machine are so natural its pauses you. And Feist's double duty contributions simply reaffirm her talent and creativity. Particularly on Train Song where she turns up her twang to parlay with Mr. Gibbard. I'm only posting this track in hopes you will go and buy the whole collection. Opportunities to put your money out for such a great endeavor and in return get an amazing bit of music are rare so don't let it pas you by. If fund raising always sounded this good I'd be broke.
Pop Tarts Suck Toasted Interview with Bryce Dessner
Train Song - Feist & Ben Gibbard
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