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Tiny Gods Who Walk Beside Us

by Sounds and Shadows



These tiny beings that we let into our lives change us in ways we cannot imagine. The relationships we build are the supporting blocks of our existence. That which gives it perspective and texture. When my three year old cat Freyja was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer in her leg the full power of how much we invest in our tiny companions really struck me. My fear of a future without her and the big questions of how to proceed. What that would mean weighed heavy on my soul. Cats were once worshiped by the Egyptians and many cultures as deities. There is no other creature save humans that truly embodies the idea of pride and love. When I created the review page Sounds and Shadows I found in my love for new music the power in hearing and understanding the lives of the artists who make it and shared that with people around the world. In these dark moments with Freja's life hanging on a knife edge these artists who I had woven a connection with reached out to me and ask “How can I help?” This was an affirmation which touched me to my core at a time I needed most to believe in the importance of those around me. From around the world they came together in collaboration and kindness to offer their time, their art, and their charity. Freyja required an amputation of her leg which was successful and I am happy to announce saved her and left her the same glorious, loving ball of warm energy as she was before, albeit on three legs. The cost of her operation was quite substantial but it was a sacrifice worth making for my tiny goddess. Buying this compilation of songs contributed by dear friends is directly funding Freja's care and operation. Any additional funds beyond direct medical costs will be donated to a non kill shelter charity to help other animals in need. A special thank you to Pete Burns for the immense task of mastering the compilation. Cate McFarland for the wonderful cover art which I feel really captures the concept. Slade Templeton for releasing it. Collin Schipper for being my rock and helping me put it together. As well as William Zimmerman for helping me promote. To anyone who has ever written a song, recorded it, and released it, you know how much effort goes into each one. How much love I have for all the artists below is hard to put into words. I never could have imagined something so beautiful and powerful could arise from this dark event. I hope it's power touches you and reminds you to pay a special homage to your tiny God today.


released April 24, 2020

1) Lorelei Dreaming – Edge of the World (IXXI Mix) Dj Senseless
2) Amaranth – For Freyja
3) A Covenant of Thorns – Dahlia (Joy Thieves Remix)
4) Corlyx – Deform (ESA remix)
5) Antipole – People Theater
6) Ego Likeness – Darkness ( Dracos Deep Mix)
7) Machinery of Desire – Forever Remain
8) Adoration Destroyed – Both of Me (Authentic Impulse Mix)
9) Crying Vessel - Illusions (Dead Agent Remix)
10) I Ya Toyah – Code Blue ( Arcontas Blank Mix)
11) Twin Tribes – Dark Crystal
12) Radiograph (John Edwards Palais Ideal) – Catnipped
13) Caustic – Fuck that Fascist Beat (Silver Walks Remix)
14) Seven Federations – Syzgy
15) Vlimmer – Schnittstelle
16) Dogtablet (Jared Loche/Martin King) – Showtime (Melody Whore Slave Mix)
17) Kiss of The Whip – The Pain is Ours
18) Steven Archer – The Showroom
19) Cliff and Ivy – Will to the Power
20) Ritchual – You Lied To Me
21) Orcus Nullify – March of the Lost
23) Swansect – Clovermouth
24) Sister Sarin – Split
25) 11 Grams – DNA
26) Ego Likeness – Breedless (CedSombre remix)
Mastered by Pete Burns (Kill Shelter)
Cover Art by Cate McFarland


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The Amaranth Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo Michigan goth pop band that rides the razor wire between gallows humor and progressive anguish. With lead singer Ken Magerman of (Sounds and Shadows) and Producer/Bass player Collin Schipper they run the edges of the darkscene spectrum while featuring a who's who of the modern landscape as guest artists. ... more

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