Local and international bands are uniting for Australia.
Kurt Vile, the National, Damien Rice and many more contributed cover tracks to Julia Stone's compilation album Songs for Australia. Stone put the compilation together to benefit brush fire relief efforts
The National’s contribution is a cover of INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” while Vile has taken on Nick Cave’s “Stranger Than Kindness.” Other covers include Sia’s “Chandelier” by Rice, Nick Cave’s “Ship Song” by Martha Wainwright, Matt Corby’s “Resolution” by Dermot Kennedy and The Go-Betweens’ “Streets Of Your Town” by Dope Lemon.
Stone has released a cover of Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning" together with the video that pays tribute to Australian wildlife and culture. She did not intend to make a compilation, but it expanded following a positive reception, writes Rolling Stone.
“I received the most heartwarming replies from the biggest, busiest artists in the world,” Stone said in a statement. “Most of these artists have toured here, have family here, friends here, have lived here or spent time here. Everyone has such great memories of this country and to see it in flames was breaking everyone’s hearts.”
The compilation album is out on March 5th. Proceeds from the album will be distributed to several organizations: Firesticks, Landcare Australia, SEED, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, WildArk and the NSW Rural Fire Service.