Last year, Australian pop experimentalist Katie Dey released Flood Network — one of the best albums of 2016 — and she has a demo of a new song included on Choice, a benefit compilation organized by Dublin-based label Paper Trail Records whose proceeds will go to the Abortion Support Network, which aims to provide financial assistance and accommodation for those traveling from Ireland to England to access a safe and legal abortion. Dey’s “Battery” demo contains the same sort of warmth and rejuvenating qualities as the rest of her music, and it also features some impressively operatic strings that makes the whole thing feel pristine. It’s an ode to self-sufficiency and independence — “Remember to recharge when your battery gets low because nobody’s gonna do that for you and it’s not their job to,” she sings — but it still aches with a persistent wanting. Listen to it below.
The Choice benefit compilation contains live versions of songs from Mac Demarco and Priests and new tracks from Hand Habits, Leapling, and more, plus a remix of a LVL UP song. Check it out here.