Houndstooth's new project is an ambitious 25-track compilation (of sorts) which represents "a complete rethink about what it means to compile and commision music in the streaming era". Pitched somewhere between a compilation and a playlist, In Death's Dream Kingdom takes its name from a line in T.S. Eliot's 1925 poem 'The Hollow Men', which acted a brief for the featured artists to work from.
The tracks are currently being unveiled one by one on a dedicated website which also contains each artist's description of how they responded to the theme, and amazing artwork courtesy of Rotterdam-based artist Jazz Szu-Ying Chen.
It's an exciting project alright - refreshing in its willingness to think outside the lines, and drawing top tier work out of its numerous collaborators, as you can hear below. A dumping ground for unfinished demos this is emphatically not. Bringing together such disparate artists as Roly Porter, Peder Mannerfelt, Gazelle Twin, Pye Corner Audio and Lanark Artefax, In Death's Dream Kingdom stands a good chance of quietly becoming a landmark electronic release, and will hopefully spawn a crop of creative imitators.