One of the UK’s most promising new labels Beech Coma release their first compilation album today, featuring a host of acts from Brighton’s thriving Echo Champ scene as well as bands from further a-field. Stream the whole thing below, and read what founder Harry Bainbridge has to say about why he started the label after that.
Harry Bainbridge: Beech Coma is a new record label, born out of a blog of the same name and run from a bedroom in Leeds. Influenced by the attitude of labels such as Captured Tracks and Art is Hard, Beech Coma are not looking to sign contracts with buzz bands and profit from releases. The label has a DIY ethic and it’s aim is to release music it loves on limited runs of gorgeously presented physical mediums.
The label’s first release, Beech Coma Vol. 1, is a compilation of mostly new material from artists that the blog had previously championed. The college rock of Glasgow’s Tuff Love, the cool electronics of London’s Howl and the luminous doom-folk of Newcastle’s Something all have a place to showcase their talents on this release. Brighton’s Echo Champ collective, aka the numerous side-projects of The Magic Gang, all find a home on the compilation too. Paeris Giles, Sun Girls and Home School (pictured above) channel a hazy, sun-drenched world, whilst Bayy sound like a less apathetic Real Estate discovering an overdrive switch for the first time.
‘Beech Coma Volume 1’ is released on limited edition white cassette and download today (April 14). It’s available in Rough Trade’s London and New York record shops as well as online at Beechcoma.bandcamp.com.