If there's one thing I've learned working in the DIY scene, it's the power of friendship. Oof Records, an independent tristate-area label, understands this, too. The label was formed last fall by best friends Ava Mirzadegan and David V. Britton with the mission of supporting friends' bands and cultivating a "comfy cozy niche within the music world." In March, Oof released their first cassette compilation of participating bands, which include CVZ faves Swim Camp and Adult Mom. The DC-based label also features two Philly artists new to the zine: Yardley and Michael Cormier, whose songs on Compilation #1 stand out for their spacey, lo-fi effects and Yardley's distinctly-Philly "talky" vocals.
If you're feeling lonely during this quarantine, we highly recommend giving Compilation #1 a listen--you can literally hear the friendship. We recommend giving this one a once-through active listen, then playing it in the background as you prepare dinner or read a book in a sunny spot.
You can listen here on Bandcamp, and stay tuned to @oofrecords on Instagram for updates.