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Chris Dupont is working on his much-anticipated release, "Anxious Animal." Intimate, melodic, dynamic tunes, recorded in unique spaces.
Chris Dupont is working on his much-anticipated release, "Anxious Animal." Intimate, melodic, dynamic tunes, recorded in unique spaces.
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Dear family and friends!

I am making a record that I need you to hear. 

Last spring, I wrote a handful of songs very quickly, and they turned out to be the most honest, stripped-down, intimate pieces I had ever come up with. 

I started playing them at shows before they even had real song titles. Some were given hastily chosen "working titles," like "Scare the Bear" and "Worry the Wolf." Strangely enough, listeners latched onto the titles and found a mythology in these songs that I didn't even know was there. My band and I affectionately deemed this collection of songs "Anxious Animal."

These tunes have made strong, instant connections with my listeners. I can not wait to get them onto a CD and into your headphones.

I'm already hard at work laying down tracks. I have a fantastic band of collaborators, and a handful of great audio engineers helping bring the project to life. We've been setting up audio gear in church spaces and peculiar rooms all over Washtenaw county. Most of the sounds on this album will feature beautiful natural room reverb. The tracks are already sounding fantastic.

The visual component of "Anxious Animal" will also be quite special. I'm creating the album artwork out of my drawings and paintings. There's nothing quite like a great album housed in a great artifact. Remember back in the 90's when we used to go buy a new CD, then sit on the floor holding the paper lyrics jacket, staring at it until the album was done spinning? I intend to make you want to do that.

But here's where I need your help. Funds raised through Kickstarter will cover the costs of producing, duplicating, and promoting this album. With your help, "Anxious Animal" can be released in summer 2012. I don't want to wait much longer, and I hope you don't either! I can't wait to get this completed. Thank you so much for your love and support!

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    Pre-release digital download of my new album, "Anxious Animal."

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    A beautifully printed physical CD of "Anxious Animal," with a hand-written thank you note, plus a pre-release download!

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    "Anxious Animal" CD, pre-release download, hand-signed thank you note, PLUS a physical CD of my previous album "Lay No Claim!"

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    Limited edition framed print of one of the "Anxious Animal" album paintings (painted by Chris Dupont)! AND you get subscribed to the "cool things" list, which means you are now entitled to all sorts of free downloads of unreleased material, demos, and rarities. Plus all CDs and downloads mentioned above!

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    "Anxious Animal" physical CD in a limited edition, hand-painted package, created with love and care by Chris and the band. Plus everything mentioned above.

    AND you get your name in the CD's liner notes.

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    Chris Dupont plays a private solo show for YOU! It can be at your house, or anywhere* you want to set it up. Invite your friends. It'll be a blast. Plus you receive everything mentioned above, and your name in the liner notes!

    (*for backers who live more than 2 hours outside Ann Arbor, MI, please be willing to contribute for gas, and I'll drive to you!)

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    Chris Dupont and his TRIO will travel to you and play a private show! Plus you receive everything mentioned above, and your name in the liner notes.

    (for backers who live more than 2 hours outside Ann Arbor, MI, please be willing to kick in for gas)

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    For musician backers: CHRIS WILL PRODUCE TWO OF YOUR TUNES! Recording, production, mixing, and session guitar/vocal if you want it!

    Plus all CD's, downloads, and merchandise mentioned above, and your name in the liner notes.

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    You astound me. Thank you.
    I'm writing a song for you.
    Heck, I'll sing it at your wedding. Or your kid's wedding.
    All CD's, downloads, merchandise mentioned. Plus a private trio show. Plus you are guest listed to my shows for a year (excludes festivals).

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