The National, Kurt Vile, and Dermot Kennedy are among the star-studded lineup of musicians who have contributed music to the forthcoming Songs For Australia benefit album.
The compilation, which was organized by Australian singer-songwriter Julia Stone, will see artists covering will-known tunes, with Vile covering Nick Cave’s “Stranger Than Kindness,” Kennedy covering Matt Corby’s “Resolution,” The National covering INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart,” and more.
“I’m so so happy to announce a project I’ve been working on over the last few weeks,” Stone wrote on Instagram. “The video/song I posted earlier of ‘Beds Are Burning’ got me started… inspired I reached out to artists I had a connection with. I thought we could do more, with more of us. I asked if they would cover an Australian song for an album that would raise money for the bushfire crisis. The response was immediate and immense.”
The record is set to benefit a variety of charities like The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation, Landcare Australia, SEED: First Indigenous Youth Climate Network, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, and WildArk.
Preview the album with Stone’s cover of “Beds are Burning” below.
Songs For Australia arrives on March 5th.