Posted June 17, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

New Order, Moby and Rhys Chatham Contribute to Alzheimer’s Benefit Album

The Longest Day
The Longest Day

As part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s yearly fundraiser, Mon Amie Records will release The Longest Day, a benefit album with 100 percent of profits going to the organization. 

Available on CD on vinyl and as a digital download, the album will be released on June 19. It features previously unreleased material from Anna Calvi, Moby, Algiers, Daniel Avery, Sad13, Cold Specks, Rhys Chatham, Rituals of Mine, M83 alumni J. Laser and Wolfmanhattan Project (comprised of legends Mick Collins, Kid Congo Powers, and Bob Bert). 

It is also the first time the Extended Mix of New Order’s “Nothing But A Fool” will be released on vinyl.

Hayden Thorpe and Jon Hopkins’ haunting cover of “Goodbye Horses,” another album highlight, was originally released in 2013 but hasn’t been available for over five years.

The compilation is now available for pre-order, and those who order a physical format will have the option to include a name of a loved one affected by dementia in the liner notes. 

The artwork features photographs by acclaimed photographer Ebru Yildiz, who documented her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a trusted resource for anyone dealing with dementia. It offers care and support for all those facing the disease, including a 24/7 free help line, referrals and support groups. It’s currently investing $185 million toward treatment, prevention and a cure.

Mon Amie Records is a one-woman operation out of Brooklyn, NY.  Founded in 2010 by Mona Dehghan who worked at indie labels such as Sub Pop, Domino and Mute, the label has reissued Q Lazzarus’s “Goodbye Horses.”

Dehghan has a personal interest in this benefit album. Her father was diagnosed with dementia in February of 2019, and her grandmother passed from the disease in 1998.

Having been closely affected by the disease, she aims to raise funds and create awareness. Also, research suggests that listening to music can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s patients because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease. In addition, studies also show music helps decrease anxiety in those living with dementia.