Rickie Lee Jones, St. Etienne, Dusty Springfield - dreampop for the inner goth, produced by Boz Boorer, Eric Berdon & Surely Lorraine
Rickie Lee Jones, St. Etienne, Dusty Springfield - dreampop for the inner goth, produced by Boz Boorer, Eric Berdon & Surely Lorraine Read more
About this project
Music, I believe, is for imperfect souls. And we are all beautiful in our imperfections. Coming from the supportive structure of the theatre world into the isolating, sink-or-swim atmosphere of the music industry is a frightening thing for me as an artist. Yet it's the most powerful place to have a voice, to mine one's own experiences and perspectives, or step into another's perspective in a way that's uniquely yours, and emotionally interpret it all into a Song. One's own song.
My debut album is titled "Desdemona Resurrect". Desdemona is the female lead character in William Shakespeare's play "Othello", conspired against by her husband Othello's sadistic, two-faced, manipulative officer Iago. Both Othello and Desdemona are caught in Iago's web, with Desdemona being the most misunderstood object of violence. She pays the ultimate price for just existing.
Though the play's focus is Othello and Desdemona's role is consequential to his being and his manipulated actions, I pull focus back to Desdemona herself, as a powerful force in and of herself, with ultimate control over her own destiny, even from the afterlife.
"Desdemona Resurrect" is about rising up after being completely destroyed.
Here is the track listing:
"Don't You Forget About Me" (cover)
"Ai Oboete Imasuka (Do You Remember Love?)" (cover)
"High Maintenance Man"
"Alone Again Or" (cover)
"Don't You Forget About Me", "Grandmother Tongue", "Random Rain", and "Attachments" were cowritten/arranged and produced by Boz Boorer (who also produced my earlier EP "Tunes of Portugal") at Serra Vista Studios in Portugal. The amazing drums are by Wilf McNab. The vocals on "Grandmother Tongue" and "Random Rain" were redone, mixed and produced by Joel Wachbrit and Lynn Fanelli in Los Angeles, because I'm not happy with a song until it kicks ass in all respects. They were a great help in working me up to that on vocals. I don't always write in my most comfortable range. And I don't want to cheat listeners out of a good song. I'd rather work harder to get there even if it takes longer to do it right.
"Ai Oboete Imasuka", "Dream Child", "High Maintenance Man", and "Alone Again Or" were arranged/written solely by me, playing all instruments (as I have no budget for other musicians at this point) and co-produced by me and Eric Berdon in Los Angeles. I'm really proud of the work we've all done. So now it's ready for the next stage.
What's the sound?
Well, right off the bat from the covers, you can guess there's a bit of new wave, punk, and an homage to my first singing idol, Min-May (of the anime series "Robotech" and movie "Macross"), voiced by the great Mari Iijima. If you were an 80's, Gen X kid, you'll probably dig this. A lot, I hope. But overall, the album reaches beyond those genres. When I reviewed all the songs in sequence recently, a few thoughts came to mind: Rickie Lee Jones meets St. Etienne, stoner rock meets dreampop for the inner goth, alternative (obviously, what isn't these days?... okay, I won't go there), Bjork, Portishead, Britpop.
Hope this whets your fancy enough to donate to this campaign to release "Desdemona Resurrect" because it can't happen without you. In return, I hope you really enjoy the music (and the goodies that come with the premiums) and the beautiful cover art done by Katy Unger.
Risks and challenges
The largest risk on this project is the cost.
The total ideal project budget is about $11,500, but I chose to ask for a more manageable $6,500 so the Kickstarter won't fail.
Pledgemusic decided not to take the risk on "Desdemona Resurrect". I tried to open the crowdfund there but got their handy-dandy form letter rejection explaining that they only take music projects which they think are "very likely to be successful". Take a look at the homepage of Pledgemusic now and you'll see who they're catering to. The big fish. People who have been signed to the big labels. It's just a sign of the times in the music business. The newer, smaller artists get left out. It's an old story at this point. So Yay, Kickstarter!!! We love you for helping us make our dreams come true!!
$6,500 will cover the costs of mastering (the important final polish), manufacturing cds & vinyl, and licensing of the cover songs.
Anything additional to the Kickstarter goal will help defray the costs I've already put into the project (I'm at the end of my rope now! Here is where I humbly beg for your help to get this album to the finish line!) and will be reinvested into hiring professional publicity to promote the album and getting out there to perform the songs live.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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