I’ve noticed some folks sharing playlists, so I wanted to put together a directory of musicians that I listen to while writing available on Bandcamp. Bandcamp pays more money directly to artists and hosts an amazing array of talent and genre-bending albums, so I hope, in some small way, that more writers might turn to it for background music instead of relying on free/low cost streaming services that don’t pay out nearly enough in royalties to the artists themselves. I suppose it is a sort of creative solidarity that I’m hoping to form.
I write mainly horror and weird fiction, but I’m also a multidisciplinary artist, so I’ve got a wide range of musical interests. In college, I got to study with a few amazing ethnomusicologists (the grandparent of American Ethnomusicology started the program at a neighboring state college) and had points in my life where I wanted to pursue that as an academic, particularly Indonesian Gamalan and other funerary traditions. This is all to say that my musical preferences probably lean more towards dark, drone, spiritual, and haunted music as a whole, but I think you’ll find exceptions to that, too. Almost everything listed here is mainly instrumental because I have a hard time writing to songs with lyrics.
And one last point: this is mainly music that I’ve found on Bandcamp. I’ve probably only discovered a very small percentage of it, there is so much more. I’m open to suggestions; as long as I’m not flooded with them, I’ll take a listen and modify this list as time goes on.
Kind Regards - Ben
Kali Malone: The Sacrificial Code
Malone is a very interesting musician, specializing in drone and organ music.
Georgia Anne Muldrow: VWETO II
One of my favorites, a great blend of music.
C. Vadi: In the Realm of Her Dark Guardian
props to a fellow Midwesterner. Check out her Sound Seance from October
Dont Look Now: Aural Apparitions from Geographic North
A benefit album for youthSpark in Atlanta, Georgia; Halloween-inspired
PBS73: Yesterday Network
Hauntology at it’s finest. My favorite hauntological record label is Ghost Box
out of the UK, but it is no longer on bandcamp.
The Caretaker: Everywhere at the End of Time
A side project of James Leyland Kirby (V/Vm) that is an ode to Kubrick’s film
adaptation of The Shining. Even if you don’t care for the film, this album is
amazing - I’ve lost time listening to it, literally.
This is Darkness compilation Vol. 2: Nothingness
Title says it all.
An Old Sad Ghost
I own the entire catalogue, but Berstende Ehre is becoming my favorite
Spectral Castle: Demo 2019
I really love a lot of the albums on the Secret Corridor label, mostly falling
under the ‘dungeon synth’ genre.
Dungeon: The IXth Key
Michael Plater: The Dreams in the Witch House
sp3ct3rs: their bones shall mark our way
Blood Tower: Astral Folklore
Unseen Worlds: A Young Person’s Guide to Unseen Worlds (mixed by Visible Cloaks)
Sarah Louise: Earth and Its Contents
Badge Epoque Ensemble: Self Titled
Hallucination: In Hell They Found Peace
United Sacred Harp Convention: The Alan Lomax Recordings 1959
The Telescopes: Stone Tape
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: Songs of Forgiveness
Ennio Morricone: Crime and Dissonance
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith; Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga
SUNN 0)))): White 1 and White 2
Jeff Parker: Suite for Max Brown
Esmerine: Mechanics of Dominion
The Northern Lighthouse Board
Sababa 5: Crossroad of Love