Biceps, Angel Olsen and more on special version of bioplastic vinyl

Bicep, Angel Olsen, Black Country, New Road and Porridge Radio have songs featured on the first-ever bioplastic vinyl release for Independent Label Market this weekend.

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Music declares urgency (MDE), the environmental group putting music at the heart of conversation and action in relation to the climate emergency, has teamed up with bioplastic vinyl producer Evolution Music for the special release, of which there is only 20 copies.

This is the first publicly available example of a new alternative to bioplastic vinyl developed by Evolution Music as part of its mission to decarbonize the production of physical products in the music industry.

Featured on the release is: ‘Atlas’ by Bicep; “Big Time” by Angel Olsen; “Bread Song” by Black Country, New Road and “Back To The Radio” by Porridge Radio.

Music declares urgency and Evolution Music’s “No Music On A Dead Planet” bioplastic release. CREDIT: Press

Those wishing to get their hands on a copy of the “No Music On A Dead Planet” vinyl can drop by the Music Declares Emergency booth at the Independent Label Market this Saturday (July 16) and purchase a ticket for the raffle. The market is located at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, London.

Alternatively, those unable to attend the market can enter here. All money raised will be used by MDE to fund its ongoing work.

Longtime MDE supporters Ninja Tune and Secretly Group have tracks from their artists on release.

Ninja Tune’s Peter Quicke said, “It’s so exciting to test pressings of durable bioplastic vinyl, and with such brilliant tunes! We all love vinyl, but the current manufacturing process involves a significant amount of pollution, so we looked for alternatives. Kudos to Evolution Music for finding a solution.

Hannah Overton of Secretly Music Group added: “The work Evolution Vinyl is doing to potentially end the production of fossil fuel-based plastic vinyl is mind-boggling. We need more mavericks to create real disruption in the economy if we are to achieve the necessary global warming slowdown.

“Secretly Group, Angel Olsen and Porridge Radio are honored to work with them, Ninja Tune and Music Declares Emergency on this pilot release.”

MDE will also have a stage for the first time in the market. The “No Music On A Dead Planet” stage will feature acoustic performances, including a clean set at 2:30 p.m. by Kristin Hersh. She will perform songs from her 30-year-old playbook, including Throwing Muses and 50FootWave, as well as her solo work.

Before Hersh, Broken Bear will play a set at 1 p.m. followed by Tot Taylor at 1:30 p.m. and Lande Hekt at 2 p.m.

In related news, last month Festival Republic, the music promoter behind Reading & Leeds, Latitude and more, teamed up with MDE to bring renewable energy to UK festival sites.

The project aims to drive network connections to festivals nationwide and begin the transition of the UK outdoor live sector to network feed, according to a press release. It will ultimately reduce the sector’s carbon emissions related to temporary power generation.

Jack L. Goldstein