A Benefit Album Will Be Released This Month in Wake of Oakland Fire (Listen)

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Album Artwork by Keith Rankin

A fire that broke out at the DIY venue Ghost Ship in Oakland, CA last month killed 36, among them several artists, musician’s, and members of the city’s underground queer scene. Now, an album, Lives Through Magic, will be released in memoriam of the lives lost, with all proceeds being split between the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and the Trans Assistance Project.

The album features artists including Róisín Murphy, YACHT, Daphni and Owen Pallett, and is assembled by Kris Peterson, who formerly worked as the label manager of DFA Records.

In a statement, Peterson said: “This compilation has been birthed due to a tragic event, but I do not want the compilation to be a souvenir of a tragedy. I am instead aiming for a positive document of the beauty that exists in the minds, bodies, and spirits of our small, but global community.”

Lives lost in the fire included trans daughter and sister Feral Pines and the DJ Cherushii, among 34 others.

Lives Through Magic is out January 29, and available for pre-order here. Take a listen to a preview below.