Brian William Dove of the RVA based band, Antiphons, decided to bring in Valentine's Day a little bit differently this year by organizing a unique compilation of music about love and heartbreak. Featuring musicians from Richmond, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and more, ValentapeVol. 1 is sure to keep your ears in good company today.
However, Valentine's Day isn't always the sweetest occasion for everyone. On a day that celebrates, and often fetishizes, romantic partnership, it can be especially challenging on those who are in, have been, or are affected by dangerous, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. With that in mind, 100% of cassette and digital album sales will benefit Safe Harbor, a sexual and domestic violence crisis center in Richmond, Virginia.
Brian was inspired to create this compilation after Brian's band, Big Baby, was featured on a Halloween compilation that their friend Katie, from the band Free Cake for Every Creature, had put together.
"It was super cool, all original ~halloweeny~ songs by bands from all over the place, and all of the proceeds from the tape went to Women Organized Against Rape, an organization in Philly where Katie lives. I've met a bunch of really awesome musicians from playing in Richmond and touring the East Coast, and thought maybe I should try to put together a tape to raise some money for an awesome organization in my community," Brian added.
Thus, Valentape Vol. 1 was born.
TheValentape Vol. 1 Kissette is now available in digital form via Bandcamp. You can also order a physical copy and receive one of 60 snazzy, glittery red cassette tapes as well. The compilation features 15 tracks:
1. Mulch Aikens - Thank You!!! (from the bottom of my heart)
2. Jesus & the Kulis - The Valentine's Day Song
3. Spring Onion - I Dreamed a Dream
4. Big Baby - Vacation
5. Cabbage - Romance
6. Egg Princess - Lamb's Ear
7. Brendan Dyer (furnsss) - The Fall (Beat Happening)
8. Reid LaPierre - Lesser Ward
9. Brian Dove - In the Kitchen, While Lucy's Singing
10. Clio Wilde - I Feel Fine
11. Hematoma - Impotent Wine
12. Blush Face - Some Other Day
13. Area Man - Just Like Me
14. Wester Green - Yours
15. Lisa/Liza - True Detective
There’s nothing quite like spending some quality time this Valentine’s Day in the company of some prime music.
Check out more from the Valentape Kissette Compilation here.