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Citizens United

by Various Artists

Political pop, femme beats, folk-rock, dark wave, glam-rock, desert ambient, Beat noir soundtrack, we are a transnational artists collective making some catchy tunes with conscience.
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Back of a Pepsi Lid
Nicole Skeltys
3:36 $0.99
2. Rhythm of Light
A.T Vish
3:41 $0.99
3. She's Gonna Rip You Up
The Dust Revival Band
3:03 $0.99
4. Imagine Every Day
The Dust Revival Band
2:43 $0.99
5. Venus Rising
Nicole Skeltys
3:07 $0.99
6. Johnson Valley (Tdrb Mix)
A.T Vish
4:18 $0.99
7. Citizens United
The Dust Revival Band
3:27 $0.99
8. When I Enlisted
The Dust Revival Band
5:09 $0.99
9. Dust Requiem
Mark Gardiner
3:44 $0.99
10. La to Albuquerque
David Gebhardt & Bobby Cuff
6:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Citizens United is a compilation album that features bands and artists from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Nicole Skeltys is the pivot for this project because all the artists featured are her friends and she pulled the album together.

The inspiration for the album came from emails from Nicole's friend LA based screen writer friend Dave Gebhardt who was driving back and forth from LA to Albuquerque in mid 2012 to visit his mother who was dying of cancer in a hospice there. His meditations on the declining state of American politics, corporate consumer culture, war and American history, love and connection, The Beatles, the aching beauty of the desert landscape, and the death of a loved one were profoundly moving. Nicole suggested they work on a project that captured some of these feeling and ideas, and the result several months later – with a little help from their friends – is Citizens United

It is a diverse album both musically and emotionally. Citizens spans Velvet Underground drone pop, Beatles-esque tunes, glam-rock, folk-rock, cinematic soundscapes, to poignant and darkly funny spoken word meditations on death and American culture.

The title is a reference to the 2010 Citizens United v Federal Election Commission ruling by the United States Supreme Court, which effectively removed restrictions on corporations donating unlimited sums to politicians and governments. The ruling has been highly divisive in American society, and spawned grassroots movements to change the constitution to make it clear that “corporations are not people”. Its a massive undertaking, but more and more State legislatures, starting with Montana are passing resolutions in support of this movement, to try and stem the tide of political corruption, demolition of democracy and concentration of corporate power on a scale not seen since the 1890s ‘robber baron’ oil trusts

Calling the album Citizens United is a way of the artists acknowledging this current USA political struggle (which will have implications around the globe), on a scale and importance of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements of the 60s. But also reclaiming the term as what it should really mean, which is about people – in our case musicians - joining together to be good citizens helping each other and supporting democratic ideals and practices.



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