See Volume 2 in this series (of, so far, two), whence I could almost copy and paste this post.
Were any one of these exploratory pieces to appear in the middle of one of those Now Hear This compilations, it would immediately stand out and gain my attention. But bundle them all together and the courage of each exploration is too easily lost on this listener.
One question: if these covermount CDs are exercises in promotion, why do they not appear on streaming services like Spotify and We7, which would presumably extend their promotional reach and shelf-life? Is that the artists have only granted a restricted licence to avoid their work becoming too freely available? That would seem a curious mix of largesse and miserliness. Or is that the magazine — in this case The Wire — that wants to retain some exclusivity for its buyers and subscribers? Answers on a postcard, please, if your answer is a clueless guess, and in the comments section below if you actually know the answer. Ta.
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