We all breathe the same air, we all walk on the same ground
The nuclear accident did not only open Pandora’s box, it destroyed it and took away the hope left inside.
The speed with which people rose in sympathy at the dramatic situation in Japan in March and the following months, was amazing. Politicians, companies, artists and every-day people started to help where they could.
36 artists from the ambient & post rock genre felt the need to do something, and they did what they do best: They made music.
Within weeks a compilation of 36 tracks from 36 artists was available as a digital download.
Lowercase Noises, Good Weather For An Airstrike, Matt Stevens, The Echelon Effect, The Tumbled Sea, Collapse Under The Empire and Our Ceasing Voice amongst numerous others donated a track each, creating a generous offering for music fans around the world, giving them a chance to help the victims of Japan.
See the first album here
9th March 2011 was the start of a bad time for Japan. An earthquake, followed by another 2 days later, set the stone rolling for a series of actions that affected the country in a more intense manner than anything else since World War II. The people behind “Hope for Japan” don’t want to initiate a debate on nuclear power, global warming, or other individual aspects of what caused Japans’ pain, the classic media and news channels have covered that from every possible perspective, we want to help.
We are not calling out people to start sending their hard earned money to Japan, although of course you’re more than welcome to do so, we want to make an offer. Across the world, people participate in hobbies and activities because they want to. You’ll often hear people talk about their passion. Everyone behind “Hope for Japan” and the pending “More Hope for Japan” has a passion for music – from musicians, to labels, to artists and even a pressing company. It’s disasters like Japan’s that make us think, that force us in to introspection. As such, a group of people decided to help with what they do best:
Music. And that’s what we offer.
6 months later, Japan has largely disappeared from the media. Coping with their losses and (still) trying to salvage as much as possible from the area surrounding Fukushima, the Japanese folk are coping as best they can.
The death toll has reached the 20,000 mark. Considering that multiple earthquakes affected the country, as well as the resulting disaster at the nuclear power plant, that may not seem high, however there is not yet an accurate estimate on long term victims. Think about that for a second: It has not yet been possible to evaluate long term victims.
Thus we provide the second album, titled “More Hope for Japan”. The album is available as a digital download as well as a limited edition double CD in a jewel case packaging. Only 100 will be printed, and each will be numbered.See the second album here