Currently providing a suitably sombre soundtrack to a drizzly Monday afternoon here on Southwark Street is ‘Dark Was The Night’, a 2CD compilation album assembled in aid of the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.
Gathering together a number of predominantly acoustic, Pitchfork-favoured indie acts (Pitchfolk, anyone?), the first CD is particularly strong, featuring previously unreleased tracks from The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez (a wonderful cover of Nick Drake’s ‘Cello Song’), My Brightest Diamond (doing Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’) and a new Bon Iver track, the typically mournful ‘Bracket W9’.
It’s an exemplary collection, available February 16 on 4AD. It’s also a suitable launchpad for a new regular weekly feature on NME.COM that aims simply to get people talking about the music that’s currently turning them on.
In that spirit of discovery and recommendation, then, what are you listening to right now?