Gratefully yours: Download even my dreams don’t go outside, AQNB’s music & art compendium from our community to you during lockdown

, 22 April 2020

even my dreams don’t go outside is a download-only release of new music and visual works compiled and curated by AQNB (purchase below).

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The compilation consists 10 new tracks and five visual artworks from artists who have featured on the London and Los Angeles-based editorial platform in the recent past, as well as from those helping to define our scene into the future. It’s inspired by the endless scroll of introspection that has come to define the day-to-day of life in self-isolation, and exists to build positive momentum for our scene and financial support for the artists involved during lockdown.

even my dreams don’t go outside (2020). Compendium cover artwork by Jennifer Mehigan. Image courtesy the artist + AQNB, London.

From our editor, Steph Kretowicz (aka Jean Kay):

even my dreams don’t go outside maps a chunk of AQNB’s network and relationships, bringing together a dispersed but interconnected group of artists that echoes our community approach. I first heard of Milan’s Heith and London’s Fauness through my colleagues and compendium co-curators Matt Dell and Jared Davis, themselves based in Barcelona and London respectively. The same goes for candlelight, aircode and—in a roundabout way—Kelman Duran & Ans M. Matt enlisted Isaac Treece from New York for mastering and Isabelle Harada in Los Angeles to help with the API.

I’d come across Elvin Brandhi in Berlin at Creamcake’s 3hd Festival, along with the visual work of Tea Stražičić. My friends at Berlin Community Radio (RIP) introduced me to RUI HO in 2016. Alexander Iezzi, Philip Hinge, Emma Pryde, 650mAh (from whom I learnt about Spaghetti Club), along with Dasychira, ssaliva and Keru Not Ever, all appeared through AQNB at one point or another. Together they make up a web spanning New Jersey, Wisconsin, Montreal, Brussels, Rotterdam and more. Jennifer Mehigan, who donated her time and skills to the cover art, is based in Belfast but I met her online when she still lived in Singapore. We go way back, five years, and we’ve never met in person. This compendium is as much an effort to support our scene, as it is recognise the artists and the people that inspire us, wherever they may be.”**