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Angel Olsen, Lomelda, and more to cover Hand Habits' "wildfire"

25 November 2019, 17:04 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Angel Olsen, Lomelda, and more will be covering Hand Habits' "wildfire" to raise money for the Amazon Conservation Association.

"wildfire" appeared on Hand Habits' placeholder album that arrived in March.

Today (25 November), Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, has announced that five artists will be covering "wildfire", and all proceeds made from the EP will be donated to the Amazon Conservation Association.

The artists covering "wildfire" include Angel Olsen, Lomelda, Kacey Johansing, Tara Jane O’Neil and John Andrews & The Yawns. Check out Lomelda's version below.

Duffy also posted a statement alongside the covers EP: "Being a touring musician eight months out of the year, you are exposed to a lot of varying degrees of climate change effects in a short period of time. From the gasoline that's used to fuel touring vehicles, to the massive amount of plastic waste at the end of every show, to the carbon emissions released into the air by all the travel, it's often not the most environmentally conscious career. I wanted to contribute, even if in a small way, to the efforts at work by the people at the Amazon Conservation Association for being dedicated to preserving such a vast and heartbreakingly crucial part of our ecosystem that has been threatened by wildfires, deforestation, and the effects of climate change."

She adds, "I believe that writing and performing music can be a healing force, used for good, and not always for capitalizing on emotions and commodifying a personality or lifestyle. People need to be able to relate to each other, in times of joy, and especially in times of sorrow or struggle. The Wildfire Compilation, in partnership with Bandcamp and Saddle Creek, will be donating all of it's funds raised to the ACA in hopes to lend a helping hand to those on the front lines of fighting climate change in places that may seem inaccessible to those of us unable to travel at length. I chose five artists, Tara Jane O'Neil, Lomelda, John Andrews, Angel Olsen, and Kacey Johansing to interpret and cover my song "wildfire" that I wrote during the California Wildfires in 2017. All of these artists are dear friends and have all taught me a lot about the complexity of emotions in music."

Lomelda's cover of "wildfire" is out now. Hand Habits' wildfire covers EP lands on 25 December in partnership with Saddle Creek and Bandcamp, and is available to pre-order now.
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