In 2019, the artists Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky released the album Droneflower. In promotional interviews for the release, the two floated the idea of using “Droneflower” as their collective artist name:
As it turns out, Droneflower is both the album title and the band name.
But it appears this never panned out, as the interview itself suggests:
I think we just felt like the record would get a stronger push with our names attached rather than trying to hype a new band. Maybe next time it’ll flip and the artist name will be Droneflower and the album title will be our names.
This didn’t happen, and there are no actual releases that credit Droneflower as the artist. Droneflower the album credits the artists severally on the label website, the artist Bandcamp, Apple Music, the vinyl liner notes, etc.
Starting two days before the release of the album, a now-deleted MusicBrainz editor took steps to credit Droneflower as one of the artists on the album, settling on a hack where “Droneflower” was set as a third artist and credited as “&”, with the join phrase between the two artists removed. Two MusicBrainz editors who commented suggested posting about this on the forums, and one advised leaving the artist tags alone until an actual release under the name “Droneflower” appeared. This didn’t receive any follow-up, and both edits passed with no votes: edit 1, edit 2.
I became aware of this situation this month, when thanks to multi-tagging for artists I started seeing the artist “&” on this album. I’ve reverted this change now for the release group and the affected releases, and given that the verifiable album credits seem to agree, I think that’s the right call.
The real question here is what to do with a couple of remaining credits for this artist. The one legitimate one seems to be the mixing credit for the Droneflower album. The liner notes for the album do credit “Droneflower” as one of three mixing artists. Given that this is a name for a collaboration that is not attested elsewhere, I’m inclined to say the ideal solution here would be “Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky credited as Droneflower”, but I don’t know how to give multiple artists a singled “credited as” title, if indeed that’s even possible on MusicBrainz. Is there a better solution? Should I leave Droneflower as an artist for the sake of this one credit? Should I just put “Marissa Nadler” and “Stephen Brodsky” as separately credited mixing artists instead?
The one other credit seems definitely incorrect. The artist Two Minutes to Late Night seems to consistently credit collaborating musicians with their band names / other projects, possibly as a marketing gimmick. An edit introduced “Droneflower” as a credit for a song that both Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky both appeared on. There’s some interesting discussion about tagging these albums on the edit. I don’t know what the correct approach is to these albums, but it seems clearly incorrect to introduce a credit for Droneflower when that name is just a separate project by two artists who appear on the song. The artist Bandcamp lists them separately (with their projects in parentheses), so I’m inclined to do that, but the music video’s YouTube title does say “Droneflower”.
Anyway, if anyone has advice for me as I try to clean this up, that would be much appreciated. Thanks! Sorry for the lengthy first post here.