Subscription services--it's the wave of the (musical) future, right? That's what Dead Oceans is gambling on. The longtime indie label--sister to imprints Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian--has joined Drip.fm, a site that gives labels the ability to offer new digital releases and archival recordings for a fixed monthly fee.
Drip.fm was started by another label, the American electronic imprint Ghostly International, which includes Matthew Dear, Com Truise, and others on its roster. Dead Oceans follows Stones Throw and Domino in joining the service, and like the others it will begin offering its curated catalog at $10 a month, though no start date has been set.
For signing up with Dead Oceans, subscribers will get three releases: The Tallest Man On Earth's There's No Leaving Now; A Place To Bury Strangers' Worship; and Gauntlet Hair's self-titled debut. Subscribers can expect at least two albums per month as high-quality streams or downloads. Dead Oceans' lengthy roster includes acts like Akron/Family, Bear In Heaven, Bowerbirds, Destroyer, and Phosphorescent, among others.