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We’re delighted to present you with the latest edition of our annual compilation album, celebrating our 17th birthday! As ever, we’ve hand-picked a mixture of artists – from new faces to veterans alike – that we feel have had an amazing twelve months. Head over to our Bandcamp page to listen and download the tracks for free.

Lush ghost-folk for fans of atmospheric confessionals and early 70s psychedelia. The Early Purple’s Sea of Heavy manages to feel ambient and expansive at the same time, and the authentic background groans and whispers give the track an unearthly, timeless quality.

Songwriter Matt Saxon says of the track: “At its core, the song is about dealing with unhealthy comparisons we make which can make us feel inferior or superior. I’ve always wanted to write a sea shanty-inspired song, to make it sound like it could’ve been recorded aboard an old ship. We kept the creak of my wooden piano stool in and stomped on my living room floorboards to give the listener a feeling of being in the hull of a ship.”

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