Over 40 musicians have contributed to an album designed to raise funds for the victims of the Ghost Ship fire which claimed the lives of 36 people in Oakland last year. Curated by former DFA Records label manager Kris Peterson, the album features 42 tracks including entries from Daphni (Caribou's Dan Snaith), Helado Negro, Owen Pallett, and Róisín Murphy.
Titled Lives Through Magic, the album will be released January 31. All proceeds from the release will be split equally between the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, which has set up a fire relief fund, and the Trans Assistance Project.
A selection of the tracks on Lives Through Magic are streaming now via Bandcamp where Peterson has also written a statement about the release. "I do not want the compilation to be a souvenir of a tragedy," he writes. "I am instead aiming for a positive document of the beauty that exists in the minds, bodies, and spirits of our small, but global community. Many of the folks contributing have all played in, lived in, and truly loved DIY spaces like Ghost Ship."