Soft Bodies Eat Bees is a compilation which was released by Soft Bodies Records today. It has 13 tracks including two new ones by Carya Amara (‘Blessed and Accursed Bees’ and ‘Hives’). Download it for free from Bandcamp.
Music by Earthrid artists Norah Lorway and Carya Amara appears alongside 32 other tracks on Oompa Loopma Riot 2015, which is the first release on Tom Ellard’s resurrected ‘Terse’ imprint. It’s a free download.
News has reached Earthrid late about this, but it appears that from 1st January European VAT laws will make things a lot more complicated for musicians and labels in the UK that sell music in the form of digital downloads, regardless of how little they sell. Some of the key facts are in a petition at change.org and you can read more at stevelawson.net, at rachelandrew.co.uk and in the mainstream press (which seemed to have latched on to it about a month ago but didn’t yell loud enough for us to hear above all the other noise).
Whilst this is all very bad news for independent music in the UK (please do sign the petition, if only out of principle at this late stage), the changes won’t affect Earthrid much since our downloads are free anyway. We have removed the option of donating from our bandcamp.com pages to be sure we don’t fall foul of the new rules, but almost nobody gave anything anyway, in part because Earthrid has been a mostly dormant art project and certainly not a business! On that note: yes, new releases really will be coming to you from Earthrid soon.
Update, 30th Dec. 2015: users of Bandcamp will be pleased to read their latest announcement.