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'Ghost in the City' is the album I was meant to write. A shift to jammy shoegaze and ghostly freakfolk make these songs very unique.
'Ghost in the City' is the album exploring our darkness and my personal love of horror films. A shift to jammy shoegaze and ghostly dark-indie make these songs very unique.
'Ghost in the City' is the album exploring our darkness and my personal love of horror films. A shift to jammy shoegaze and ghostly dark-indie make these songs very unique.
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'Ghost in the City' is the album I was meant to write. A shift to jammy shoegaze and ghostly freakfolk make these songs very unique.

Help The Leones make shoegaze/folk opus 'Ghost in the City'.

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'Ghost in the City' is a shift to jammy shoe-gaze and ghostly freak-folk. Improvisation is a key ingredient as well as lyrical imagery and hauntingly bittersweet verses and choruses. The balance of jazz/jam piano, lucid, shoegaze guitar, and reverb-laden, lead vocals creates a unique sound that leaves the listeners feeling like there is a ghost in the room. Emotional and even catchy at times, dark themes and natural settings are predominant through out.

'Ghost in the City' will feature art from well known, local artist Mickey Harmon.

Please take a listen to our Live Session demos of our 13+ minute opus "Canyon" and the spooky Twin Peaks inspired "Fire Walk with Me" below to get an idea of our new sounds:

https://www.reverbnation.com/TheLeones/album/107150-the-leones-live-sessions

"Ghost in the City" album art by artist Mickey Harmon
"Ghost in the City" album art by artist Mickey Harmon

Risks and challenges

The goal of this album is to bring to life the best songs I've ever written. I feel like these are the songs I was meant to write over the last ten years of instrumental music and serious lyrical songwriting. Shifting from folk to dreamy shoegaze/freakfolk has been a breakthrough for my creativity and working with such an amazing musician as Dustin Lau has propelled the capability of these songs to a new level. We are both fathers to 3 year olds and work very hard for our families. It's a huge challenge to stay serious about music and also be present for our families, but the love for both comes naturally. Helping us fund this album will make this album possible and allow us to show you the life work of two people who put everything they can into what they do.

Thank you so for your interest and support, it means everything.

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    Five-six (4-15 minute) original songs written by singer/songwriter/pianist Justin Leone Bachulak will be recorded with band member and guitarist Dustin Lau as The Leones duo shifts from folk/rock to dreamy shoe-gaze and ghostly freak-folk. Half score-like and half jam/jazz piano and soulful, reverb-laden vocals by Justin Leone Bachulak anchors the incredible pedal work and dream-weaving guitar sounds by guitarist Dustin Lau, creating a very haunting yet fulfilling sound for the listener. With lyrical imagery as a centerpiece you will be able to picture the songs settings in your mind's eye.

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    Five-six (4-15 minute) original songs written by singer/songwriter/pianist Justin Leone Bachulak will be recorded with band member and guitarist Dustin Lau as The Leones duo shifts from folk/rock to dreamy shoe-gaze and ghostly freak-folk. Half score-like and half jam/jazz piano and soulful, reverb-laden vocals by Justin Leone Bachulak anchors the incredible pedal work and dream-weaving guitar sounds by guitarist Dustin Lau, creating a very haunting yet fulfilling sound for the listener. With lyrical imagery as a centerpiece you will be able to picture the songs settings in your mind's eye.

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    Five-six (4-15 minute) original songs written by singer/songwriter/pianist Justin Leone Bachulak will be recorded with band member and guitarist Dustin Lau as The Leones duo shifts from folk/rock to dreamy shoe-gaze and ghostly freak-folk. Half score-like and half jam/jazz piano and soulful, reverb-laden vocals by Justin Leone Bachulak anchors the incredible pedal work and dream-weaving guitar sounds by guitarist Dustin Lau, creating a very haunting yet fulfilling sound for the listener. With lyrical imagery as a centerpiece you will be able to picture the songs settings in your mind's eye.

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    Five-six (4-15 minute) original songs written by singer/songwriter/pianist Justin Leone Bachulak will be recorded with band member and guitarist Dustin Lau as The Leones duo shifts from folk/rock to dreamy shoe-gaze and ghostly freak-folk. Half score-like and half jam/jazz piano and soulful, reverb-latent vocals by Justin Leone Bachulak anchors the incredible pedal work and dream-weaving guitar sounds by guitarist Dustin Lau, creating a very haunting yet fulfilling sound for the listener. With lyrical imagery as a centerpiece you will be able to picture the songs settings in your mind's eye.

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    A $50 pledge will solidify your awesomeness throughout your lifetime, include a copy of 'Ghost in the City' on CD, a link to the digital music, two free tickets to a Leones show either this year or next, and most of all it will help ensure that we can make this album.

    Six original songs written by singer/songwriter/pianist Justin Leone Bachulak will be recorded with band member and guitarist Dustin Lau as The Leones duo shifts from folk/rock to dreamy shoe-gaze and ghostly freak-folk. Half score-like and half jam/jazz piano and soulful, reverb-latent vocals by Justin Leone Bachulak anchors the incredible pedal work and dream-weaving guitar sounds by guitarist Dustin Lau, creating a very haunting yet fulfilling sound for the listener. With lyrical imagery as a centerpiece you will be able to picture the songs settings in your mind's eye.

    'Ghost in the City' will also feature album art from well known and local artist: Mickey Harmon!!

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    A $100 pledge will not only solidify your awesomeness throughout your lifetime but anyone's lifetime. You will be considered awesome by all the musicians that worked on this album and be directly responsible for it's creation. You will also get a 'Ghost in the City' tri-blend t-shirt featuring artist Mickey Harmon's illustration of the Tift houses in Allentown, Buffalo, NY, two signed copies of 'Ghost in the City' on CD, and two free tickets to a Leones show this year or next.

    Six original songs written by singer/songwriter/pianist Justin Leone Bachulak will be recorded with band member and guitarist Dustin Lau as The Leones duo shifts from folk/rock to dreamy shoe-gaze and ghostly freak-folk. Half score-like and half jam/jazz piano and soulful, reverb-latent vocals by Justin Leone Bachulak anchors the incredible pedal work and dream-weaving guitar sounds by guitarist Dustin Lau, creating a very haunting yet fulfilling sound for the listener. With lyrical imagery as a centerpiece you will be able to picture the songs settings in your mind's eye.

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    A $500 pledge well, that means you are a cultural and musical philanthropist. You're the reason we can make this album. You love us, we love you, you love Buffalo, we love Buffalo. You will be considered awesome by the musicians that worked on this album and be directly responsible for it's creation. You will also get a 'Ghost in the City' tri-blend t-shirt featuring artist Mickey Harmon's illustration of the Tift houses in Allentown, in Buffalo, 4 signed copies of 'Ghost in the City' on CD, and 4 free tickets to a Leones show this year or next, and a private show for you and your friends from The Leones at your house or venue (if you are in WNY) or ours (if you want would like us to, we'll put on a private show at our house for you)!

    Five-six (4-15 minute) original songs written by singer/songwriter/pianist Justin Leone Bachulak will be recorded with band member and guitarist Dustin Lau as The Leones duo shifts from folk/rock to dreamy shoe-gaze and ghostly freak-folk. Half score-like and half jam/jazz piano and soulful, reverb-laden vocals by Justin Leone Bachulak anchors the incredible pedal work and dream-weaving guitar sounds by guitarist Dustin Lau, creating a very haunting yet fulfilling sound for the listener. With lyrical imagery as a centerpiece you will be able to picture the songs settings in your mind's eye.

    'Ghost in the City' will also feature album art from well known and local artist: Mickey Harmon!!

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