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Debut album from The Strangest Places, which will be 10 mostly mellow tracks of fuzzy guitar, drums and synthy bass!

Recent interview http://bit.ly/10CipBM

Remember, if this project doesn't reach the goal you aren't charged and I don't get anything. Just sayin'.

Thank you for being interested in backing music projects on kickstarter. This particular project is to help make and release (on Old Squid Records) the first full length album by The Strangest Places (yours truly) entitled Premature Awakenings. The bulk of the money I am trying to raise will go towards mixing (http://mobtownstudios.com/), mastering, and having CDs and t-shirts made. None of it is going in my pocket!

So you may ask yourself, "why?" to which I would say, "why not?"... Last summer I put out a 3 song EP that really helped me figure out my voice (like as in songwriting) and hone my sound. One of those songs "Could Someone" is sort of the north star I used while making the rest of the songs for new this album. The Washington City Paper called it "a moody bedroom-pop song"...So if you like that song, chances are you will like the others when the album is finished. If you watched the video above (thanks for filming it Smee!), an acoustic instrumental version of "Could Someone" is playing in the background. And a note on the vocals, that's what I've focused the most on improving since last summer. I've been taking voice lessons so that aspect of the music will be much improved.

Here is the video made for me by Kathryn, Mitch & Jeffrey.

And here is the soundcloud version:

Oh and why not like the facebook page?

https://www.facebook.com/thestrangestmusic

On to the fun stuff!

As soon as the project ends, you will be able to download an acoustic version of "Could Someone" that I've been working these last few weeks as a special kickstarter reward.

The album, Premature Awakenings, will be out in July 2013. So all digital downloads and physical CDs will be received then.

The t-shirt has yet to be designed. I can guarantee it will soft, lightweight and comfortable.

PJ Smithey is doing the album art. One of the rewards is a 12" x18" print of the full sized art. You can choose from the front or back cover:

Front Cover
Front Cover
Back Cover
Back Cover

Wait, go to shows with me? Yeah, I like to see live music, and Daughter and Twin Shadow are playing soon, so let's go see them together!

Digital Paintings by William Mortiz: These will be custom creations incorporating you and one of your weirdest or most fantastic dreams. The final product will delivered to you on a canvas. http://www.behance.net/gallery/Digital-Paintings/892964

Everything else seems pretty self-explanatory. If there is a reward you would like me to offer just send me a message and perhaps I'll add a new reward.

Remember, you will not be charged until after the project meets or exceeds the $3,000 goal. And as we get closer I will be adding some stretch goals that I think will be pretty fun too.

Thanks for checking out my project. Happy kickstarting!

-Chris

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Well, all of the songs are in various stages of completeness. I plan on having them ready for mixing by the time the project ends, so there shouldn't be a problem there. I guess there could be challenges with the tangible rewards of this project (t-shirts, CDs, art, etc) however I plan on (and have budgeted for) working with reputable companies and individuals, so I don't foresee an issue with those items either.

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    A download of the acoustic version of "Could Someone" (available as soon as the project ends) as well as a very grateful Facebook thank you.

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    All of the above as well as an invite to a streaming "listen-to-the-tracks-before-they-are-mastered" listening party! Wear a suit, pajamas, or nothing! No one will ever know! Also you will be acknowledged in the "liner notes" of the CD!

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    All of the AWESOME LEVEL rewards and we will go see Daughter at the Black Cat (Washington, DC) together on May 2nd, 2013. Must provide your own transportation. And (2) t-shirts!

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    All of the AWESOME LEVEL rewards and we will go see Twin Shadow at the Black Cat (Washington, DC) together on June 15th, 2013. Must provide your own transportation. And (2) t-shirts!

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    TASTEMAKER LEVEL: All of the AWESOME LEVEL rewards, and an even larger print of the album art (20" x 30"). And you will be "specially thanked" in the liner notes!

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    CURATOR LEVEL: All of the TASTEMAKER LEVEL rewards, as well as a digital painting by William Moritz of you in one of your weirdest or most fantastic dreams. This will be delivered on a medium sized canvas. The album is called, after all, Premature Awakenings.

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    All of the TASTEMAKER LEVEL rewards as well as the electric guitar used to make the album.

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    BENEFACTOR LEVEL: Thanks Dad! Thanks Mom! Thanks Grandparents! Thanks Secret Crushes! Thanks Secret Stalkers?! And thanks to the academy... The CD will say "(Your Name) presents...The Strangest Places..." And this includes all of the CURATOR LEVEL rewards. It goes without saying that I am thankful for you and you will forever occupy a special part of my heart. You will also receive physical and digital copies of anything I ever make in the future.

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