Fog is the renowned and enigmatic musical entity created by Andrew Broder. Its origins were a small South Minneapolis bedroom, a four-track cassette recorder, turntables, shi**y electronics and pedals and an out-of-place shredder guitar. With his early work, Broder created a wholly unique blend of jagged turntablism and sad indie songwriting, drowning in tape hiss and seething with raw, pungent emotion.
Fog released 4 LPs and 2 EPs on the Ninja Tune and Lex Records labels between 2000 and 2007, wildly shifting gears from one release to the next, chewing up and spitting out styles and genres fearlessly. Experimental rock, ambient soundscapes, tender piano ballads, screeching noise, free jazz, folk, electronic pop… Broder embraced and encompassed it all, with results ranging from beautifully poignant to head-scratching and uncomfortable.
Along the way, Broder collaborated with some of this early century's most vital musical explorers, including the likes of cLOUDDEAD, Low, Dosh, Kid Koala, Justin Broadrick, Phil Elverum, Markus Acher of The Notwist and many, many others. The musicians who joined Fog in the studio and on the road have since been seen performing with the likes of Bon Iver and Andrew Bird. The tentacles of Andrew Broder's bedroom dream reached far into the modern musical landscape, while Fog itself has remained fairly obscure. But those who know still know and will always treasure Fog's music, like a secret spot in the woods known only to you and your friends, insulated from from the cold, calculated bullsh*t of the outside world.
Broder set Fog aside in 2008, and has continued to create and survive in the relentless push and pull of a life in music. He has met both success and failure along the way, forging ahead, simultaneously building and destroying his own body of work in the name of creative evolution.
So what is the next?
It's time for Fog to make its return. Andrew has begun crafting a new set of songs under the Fog moniker, with the goal releasing a finished album no later than fall of 2015. With support from fans and lovers of fearless modern music, he plans to record with Grammy-winning producer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver) at April Base Studio in Eau Claire, WI, culminating in a batch of songs that will satisfy old Fog heads and intrigue the uninitiated. The tunes will be beautiful and haunting, augmented by pulsating electronics and churning turntables. Andrew has decided to fund this project via Kickstarter to help ensure that every step in the creation of this album — writing, recording, mixing, mastering — is of the highest quality. The writing and demoing process is already in full swing, and studio time is booked for September 2014.
Those who pre-order the album by backing this project will not only receive a beautiful physical and sonic artifact, they can also get other exclusive rewards as well as the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped a singular and significant artist continue his journey.
Risks and challenges
The process of writing, recording and releasing an album is risky and unpredictable by nature. That's why Andrew is setting an ETA of Fall 2015 (at the latest), to allow for unforeseen issues or setbacks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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