• cover art by Friends with You

Portland label Hometapes has unveiled this year's Christmas album, and as always it's a lovely collection of wintry tunes from the likes of Breathe Owl Breathe, Slaraffenland, Doug Paisley and lots, lots more. The Never Ending Beginning: A Hometapes Holiday Album is available for free download, and it just doesn't get any gift-givier than that. Of course, you also have the option to give a donation in exchange for the music, and all proceeds from the album will go to Heifer Project International. Label head Sara Padgett Heathcott had these words to say about the project:
This year, we asked Hometapes' family and friends to make a song for the holidays — whatever that meant to them. This is our third year doing this, and, undoubtedly, the most remarkable one yet. Over the past couple weeks, Adam and I have opened over twenty gifts: songs that push what it means to feel, and to feel Right Now. Not just those December vibes, but the experience of where we all are right this second: a world that's somehow more infinite than it's ever been. Maybe this has to do with our age (we're getting older) or the nebulous nature of our geographic borders (thanks to the machine you are reading this on). Adjacent to the tools that enable us is the perspective we carry — and our lens is polished, daily, by these artists. And it has been for a decade. Before that, it was the music on the radio, the LPs in our parents' record bin, the shows in that belvedere by the river that changed our lives, the views out the tour van window. After this, as we swim through that dark pool between December 31 and January 1 (yeah, I see a dark pool), we'll dry off, take a deep breath, and keep running.

Happy holidays. We hope you get exactly what you want. This can be your soundtrack.

Download it here.