Back in 2004, Acid-folk god Devendra Banhart compiled a collection of folk music for some magazine. Much like Nostradamus before him, he managed to predict some of the leading lights of modern folk music, freak folk, new weird america or whatever label you want to give it.
This collection was entitled The Golden Apples of the Sun. It featured artists like Antony and the Johnsons, Joanna Newsom and Vetiver.
Fast forward to 2007 and a similar feat is being attempted in Uncut magazine (November 2007 UK Edition). This time Banhart has opted to call the album "Love Above All" and has selected some known friends like Bert Jansch and Feathers and some unknown friends who have yet to release a record.
According to Uncut, the track list originally contained 39 tracks. I'd love to have seen that list. Anyway, it was edited down to 11 tracks (Boo). It is one of my favourite Uncut compilations since Hard Rain Volume One & Two ( A collection of Bob Dylan covers in the May 2002 UK Edition).
The magazine is currently available in the shops and if you are a fan of Devendra Banhart and the Golden Apples of the Sun then I recommend picking up a copy ASAP.
I've also included links to most of the artists on Love Above All. The only one missing is Kyle Tomzo, which is a shame because his song, Bicycle, is one of the best on the CD. I guess you'll just have to buy it to hear it...