Kurt Vile, The National, Damien Rice contribute to Songs For Australia benefit album

The artists lent cover tracks to the benefit record.

Kurt Vile, Matt Berninger

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Australian musician Julia Stone has put together the album Songs for Australia, a benefit album that features covers from Kurt Vile, The National and many more. Proceeds from the record will go to help bushfire relief efforts.

In a statement about the contributions, Stone said: “I received the most heartwarming replies from the biggest, busiest artists in the world. Most of these artists have toured here, have family here, friends here, have lived here or spent time here. Everyone has such great memories of this country and to see it in flames was breaking everyone’s hearts.”

Tracks featured on the album include The National’s take on INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart, Kurt Vile’s cover of Nick Cave’s Stranger Than Kindness, Damien Rice’s version of SIA’s Chandelier and Dermot Kennedy’s cover of Matt Corby’s Resolution.

Stone also released her own song as part of the album, a cover of Midnight Oil’s Beds are Burning. Take a look at the video below:

The proceeds will benefit several organizations: Firesticks, Landcare Australia, SEED, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, WildArk and the NSW Rural Fire Service.

The album is the latest musical effort to lend help to bushfire relief, with many other musicians setting up ways for fans to help or donating their own money.

Preorder the record bundle here. For more music news, click here.


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