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Come fund an album wrought by the love of the wild & the pursuit of truth, spun as cognitive word vomit with the frills of folk.
Come fund an album wrought by the love of the wild & the pursuit of truth, spun as cognitive word vomit with the frills of folk.
161 backers pledged $7,835 to help bring this project to life.

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The project goal has been funded, all within less than a week! 

I have been overwhelmed by the response of support and overall excitement for this project. Words cannot give justice to the gratitude I have towards not only those that have supported me, but also to those that continue to, and will support me in this endeavor. 

BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET! 

We still have a few more days to make this thing extraordinary. We were able to get $5,000 in less than a week - let’s try to get $7,500 in the time remaining! “Why so money hungry, Tyler?”, you might be asking. Well, in fact, this money will be going back into the project to give you supporters the best product I can create. This extra support can allow for a possible live string section (string quartet), more hard-copies of the record, better quality album art and generally a higher quality undertaking.

Shall we?!

Thanks y'all!!
Thanks y'all!!

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Greetings, friends, family, strangers, music lovers, internet lurkers, and Kickstarters!

This Spring I’m fulfilling a dream I've had for a number of years. I’ve gone through my vault of songs and have chosen a handful to refine into professional works. Mark Sommerville, of The Wave Shop, an exceptional audio engineer and musician, will be producing the album. I've had the privilege of working with him before and it’s an honor to collaborate with him again. 

I need at least $5,000 to make this thing happen. 

$5,000 will cover studio rental, engineer costs, CD duplication and distribution, and any equipment rentals. Additional funds raised will go towards the artwork, graphic design, and overall quality of the hard copy. These funds need to be raised in 21 days!!! If the goal of $5,000 isn't met in the 21 days, then no money is collected.

So, what’s my music like, and what are the major influences? 

In short, this album is cognitive word vomit spun with melodic frills of folk. 

My music is largely influenced by my time living in the heart of the Bluegrass State, the big, little city of Grand Rapids, MI, the Pearl of Africa and its neighbor, Kenya, and my current home just a stone's throw away from Chicago. 

These songs don’t fit together perfectly like puzzle pieces, but their chaos does indeed take a form – a truly unique sound, shaped by a quagmire of experiences. Though this form isn’t without jagged edges, ugly colors or mismatched parts, it’s an album that represents who I was, who I am, and who I strive to be. My music has brought me solace as I’ve waded through bouts of depression, and continues to be instrumental in sorting through the good, the bad, and the downright confusing.

So, as you listen to my music, my hope is that you will enjoy it. I invite you to struggle with it, poke fun at it, be poked by it, and maybe even sing along. Because at the end of the day, though it’s just music, it’s still something we’re mysteriously drawn to as a tool of expression, a conduit for community, and a means of life.

How you can partake.

Options to donate (along with stellar incentives) are listed on the right side of this page. I can’t do this without your help, so show me some love by contributing. 

It’s equally important for you to share this with your friends, family, and anyone willing to lend a hand. Copy and paste the URL link above to your facebook, twitter, etc; or send people my personal link, www.TylerSjostrom.com, which will redirect them to this page as well. We have 21 days to get this thing funded, so I need your help to spread the word!!

Thanks for visiting! I am really happy to be doing this project with a community that supports new artists like myself. I'd have it no other way.  

Thank you heaps!

Tyler Sjöström

P.S. visit, like, and share my facebook artist page, found HERE!!

Special thanks to... 

Christian Young - Videography 
Megan Cody / Hadessa Creative - Photography 
Aaron Hoekstra - Vocal Harmonies 
Andrew Parks - Vocal Harmonies 
Joellyn Hoekstra - Violin 
River City Roasters - Video Location, Coffee, Contributions 
Tricia Kaufman - Content Editing 
Lizzy Brady - Content Editing

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I will face after the project has been funded will be making good use of studio time. So, in order to make sure the money is being used properly, there will be arduous scheduling and a ton of practice prior to recording.

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    Receive a digital copy of the album before its release date + a signed hard-copy of the album + a coffee on me at Wheaton, IL’s River City Roasters.

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    Receive a digital copy of the album before its release date + a signed hard-copy of the album + personal thank-you note + a unique, hand-drawn piece, similar to those that inspired the album art, by Tyler, himself!!

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    Everything from $500 option + drinks with Tyler ANYWHERE IN THE STATES!!! (within 50 miles of a major airport).

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    Everything from the $750 option + ALL-INCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.!!! Music/entertainment from Tyler ANYWHERE in the country for any sort of event (ie Wedding, Worship Service, Dance Club, Business opening, Festival, etc.) + you can request songs (original or covers or made-up) + you request instruments + you request wardrobe + facial hairstyle - you decide anything and everything!!!

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Funding period

- (21 days)