Valentine Wolfe tells stories through music. Our newest collection is The Elegiac Repose: 9 songs of grief, mourning, loss, and hope. These stories are steeped in tragedy, tales of suffering and loss, and end with a bittersweet note of hope.
In 2016-2017, we said our final goodbyes to eight people who changed our lives forever. We were determined in the midst of these bitter losses to find some beauty in this death: We knew the best way to contain our cacophony of emotions is simply to create something beautiful. For us, this is best way to remember those who now live on in our hearts.
With lush layers of vocals and electric upright bass, we believe we’ve created music that does all of these things, and we’d like to share these songs with you. As we’re fortunate to know many talented visual artists, we’ve teamed up with Egregore Design (Aristotle Pramagoulis) to create a package evoking 19th century Mourning Tokens; a compelling visual as unique as our music.
Egregore Design has created art that will accompany the album as lyric cards, inspired by 19th Century Funeral announcements. These will be printed up on over sized postcards and there will be one image for each song on the album. On the back of these beautiful cards will be the lyrics to the songs. You’ll get the set of cards in addition to the CD package.
When Aristotle began showing us some of his preliminary designs, we were overcome with how well the art captures the spirit of our songs. His art has an immediate visceral impact, yet to linger over all the tiny details in each incredible piece is thrillingly intense.
He has also designed an incredible shirt that you can preorder with the music! The shirts will come in men's and ladies styles and each will come in sizes XS up to 3XL. You may not can see this in the photo, but the ladies shirt is black and the men's shirt is dark gray.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
As always, we wanted to challenge ourselves musically. We’ve composed one of our most ambitious songs to date for The Elegiac Repose: Death and the Maiden. An epic song over 12 minutes long full of progressive gothic metal riffs and lush ethereal vocal textures, Death and the Maiden draws much inspiration from Schubert, but of course with our own gothic spin twist. Sarah set a poem by John Clare (1793-1864), written during the later part of his life while he was living in an asylum, among her own lyrics. We can't wait to share this journey, this amazing gothic song with you, along with 8 other tracks about grief, mourning, loss, and hope.
Risks and challenges
We have previously completed three successful kickstarters with the help of YOU! If you help us again this time, I am confident we can complete this project together!
We are finishing the recording process. Because the nature of these songs is very personal and deals with such intense emotions, we want to make sure we adequately convey our story through the music. I don't foresee us running late in this aspect, but if the songs need slightly more time to come together then we may not have the album ready for you by September.
However, we are very confident that while these songs are cathartic to us, they may be able to help others suffering grief as well so we are committed to getting them out on time!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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