Published Apr 19, 2010A new project called PEACE has launched, featuring over 180 exclusive and unreleased song downloads available by donation in support of Amnesty International. And more than a few great artists are lending a hand.
The project collects songs by artists from more than 50 countries, including such bands as Mogwai, A Place to Bury Strangers, the Antlers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bonde Do Role and Fennesz, as well as Canada's Apostle of Hustle, Buck 65 and Malajube.
The brainchild of the Buffetlibre DJs, PEACE offers downloads of more than 180 songs for suggested donations of between 5 and 25 pounds ($8 to $40 Canadian). All profits will be used for Amnesty International's campaigns against human rights abuses worldwide.
As well as streaming versions of all the songs, the PEACE website features a pop-up radio application to preview tracks from the compilation. Select downloads have also been made available for free on the site, including a download from Voxtrot and a download from Crocodiles (a cover of the Pastels).
Other participating acts for the download project include Ra Ra Riot, Dan Deacon, Marissa Nadler, Patrick Wolf, the Veils, the Spinto Band, Sic Alps, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and Port O'Brien. A complete list of artists and the many countries they hail from can be found on the website here by clicking on a world atlas.
Buffetlibre are calling the download compilation the "first music atlas on the net" - a bold claim, but with this many bands from so many different countries, perhaps it's an accurate one.