Compilation albums are, by and large, a waste of time and effort. What does Now That’s What I Call Music tell us that we didn’t already know? And, more frighteningly, what does it’s continued presence in shops tel us about society? Anyway, there are always exceptions – and brilliantly so.
Keep It Yours Records come out of Rome, but have managed to piece together a 10 track 12″ record that defies such geographical boundaries, taking in America from coast to coast before hopping over the Europe and cherry-picking the best of it’s produce to commit to vinyl. Getting the balance right on any release is always difficult, and this one treads the tightrope carefully, mixing the usual beachgaze sound of the past few years with some wonderful, introverted pop. You’ve doubtless come across a few of the acts before – Keep Shelly in Athens, Porcelain Raft and Teen Daze are amongst the ‘big hitters’ in store, along with the less celebrated but sickeningly talented likes of Triptides, We Are Trees and the glimmering swoon-pop of Tashaki Miyaki doing far more than making up the numbers. A good compilation should make a statement – and this one certainly does, though it’s hidden somewhere deep beneath the reverb. Whatever they’re trying to say, it’s pretty exciting.
The vinyl is out on April 21st, but the entire thing is up for streaming now: