In our current state of times, there’s plenty of artists donating their earnings from live-streams and album sales to charity. While Austin, Texas has always had a charitable side, the new compilation album Slack Capital 3 really goes above and beyond with over forty tracks by bands like Spoon, Sun June, Botany and more to offer up a compilation where all proceeds go to Austin Justice Coalition.
Instead of delving into every song offered up on the compilation, we’re going to choose a few to focus on. The opening song comes from Spoon, a live version of “Inside Out” recorded at Brooklyn Steel. Here the song very close to the original while still having that in-person feel. Where Britt Daniel’s vocals have a nice rasp, the live track hits about as perfectly as every song the band holds in their catalog. Another standout comes from Sun June on the demo version of “5 Years Time.” Sun June has a sound that we adore at this magazine, and here the song has a nice feel, like you’re there as it gets recorded. With vocals that hold a mix of power and heavenly tones, the melodic nature of the track hits your ears as perfectly as the original.
“Moving” by Lola Tried has plenty of energy and hearty guitars as it shambles into indie rock gold. “Springtime in Quarantine” by Golden Dawn Arkestra is as trippy and spacey as what you’d expect from the psych group. In fact, the song hits on multiple platitudes of sound that take you on a journey. Botany chimes in with the trip hop swirled sound of “What You Make It” and Calliope Musicals digs deep on “Heaven,” offering another heavenly orchestrated song from their choral sounding songbook. There’s a lot here on this compilation, more than what you’ll get in most spaces while showcasing so much of what makes the Texas city so creative.
Image Credits: Photo by Zackery Michael.