Immediate download of 16-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more). Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
You can download this release for free or you donate some money, anything is welcome. The money will go directly to the upcoming releases of Erode Releases. That means you support some pretty sweet underground artists like this.... Thanks!
Blackbird Raum formed out of the nucleus of a squatter community living in abandoned buildings and greenbelt treehouses in Santa Cruz, CA, in the early 2000's. Finding themselves living without electricity, they began to learn to play folk instruments from each other and other members of the traveling punk/folk culture. They all grew up playing in anarcho-punk, indie and ska bands and then, knowing next to nothing about traditional music, slowly gathered together the skills to create a new genre of music, based somewhere right in the middle of punk and folk.
Refusing the retro cliches of many of their contemporaries, they write entirely original music (in both senses of the word) that is reflective of the world they live in: a realm of abusive police, ecological devastation, creeping ambiguity and vague fear, but also a strong sense of community and a deep love of a natural world constantly on the verge of collapse. They toured the country in a tiny truck, playing mainstream folk festivals, punk houses, squats and all ages clubs. When they aren't touring, they play various American and European traditional music, hang out in the woods, raise children and read a lot of library books.
Swidden is our first album to be recorded in a real studio, and is the product of many years of playing music on dirty street corners and punk houses across the country. This album has tracks that date back to the very beginning of Raum, and many songs that we play regularly today.
A small non-profit label, mostly done friends releases. Founded 2004 and based here and there in a piece of land called
Germany. Besides selling these releases we could also do a trade. But I take only cassette tapes, no records, CDs or other formats. Only tapes and cash. Get in contact! eroderecords ♥ yahoo ♥ de...more