UPDATE #3 (6/30/15)
We made it! In the middle of last night, we reached our funding goal! Thank you all for being so awesome. Your pledges toward this project and faithful promotion made it all happen.
What's next? We finish mixing the record, get it mastered, get our artwork in order, and start shipping out your well-earned rewards. We'll keep you updated on Kickstarter along the way, posting album art and various tracks as they are completed. So stay tuned!
UPDATE #2 (6/25/15)
We’re now a little more than two-thirds of the way there with five days left. This is very doable, friends!
We have a special treat for you, a brand new music video of “Be the Beast”! Click here to check it out …
UPDATE #1 (6/16/15)
We're basically halfway there in terms of funding and time, and you all asked for some sonic previews from Sea of Glass. You want to know what these songs actually sound like in their current form. We hear you.
Here are two tracks that will be featured on Sea of Glass. They have not completed the mixing process, and they are entirely unmastered, but the power and weight of each track still shines through.
Be the Beast
And now back to your original program...
We are throwing this crowdfunder to help Sean Sullivan, the brainfather of Warbler, fund his newest musical album, Sea of Glass.
After his last self-titled release, Sean started writing and recording the music for this album, and as it developed, it proved to be his most provocative, political, and personal album yet.
Frustrated with the damaging policies found so commonly in modern politics, as well as a culture so easily swayed by bankrupt philosophies, Sean tried to answer the question that weighed heavily on his mind:
"Whose fault is this?"
It's a common question, but of course the answer gets much more difficult than anyone really prefers to accept. It would be easy to point at a quadrennially-elected president and blame him exclusively. Or a body of Congressmen. Or a secret society. Or greed. Or capitalism. Or socialism.
The list goes on, but none of these 'usual suspects' really provide a realistic explanation for the widespread cultural and political degradation we see every day.
With this daunting task in front of him, Sean plunged into the issues, and this album chronicles his process. First confronting the obvious and open wounds of our political system, he digs a layer deeper to uncover the cultural blindspots that allow (and even encourage) policies that destroy more than they build. But even more pointed is the question, whose fault is it that our culture is this way in the first place?
This album raises the right questions, addresses pertinent issues, and introduces the political discussion to a more realistic realm: personal responsibility.
After seeing so much money poured into the political machine every year, it seems the road of change certainly must be different than we thought (or at least, than our parents thought).
Don't throw more money at the machine—at more politicians—at more subscriptions of coddling political subscriptions.
Instead, join us in a movement of real political, cultural, and personal change. Every political movement has art that explains, supports, and encourages its position. And we think this album could be the start of a movement that rejects the Left vs. Right approach, opting for taking personal responsibility and rendering the Nanny State unnecessary due to lack of needy children.
All the music featured in this Kickstarter video is culled from Sea of Glass, but the full power and impact of this project can only be appreciated in album form. Sea of Glass is much more than the mere sum of its musical parts.
In the four years since Warbler's self-titled freshman release, Sean has honed his folk-informed, experimental indie rock sound, harnessing its peculiar vitality to spectacular effect. Sea of Glass certainly contains healthy helpings of the delicious finger picking, layered synth and electric textures, and scrappy melodic renderings you fell in love with on the first record. But Warbler's unique aesthetic vision feels far more comfortable in its own shoes now, seamlessly supporting choice lyrical diamonds formed in the crucible of Sean's life.
It is the depth and maturity of the lyrical content that fortifies this record for multiple visitations. Every time you come back to this record, it has something new to offer—a new facet to savor that you had not previously noticed.
And if you're not familiar with Sean's previous work, much of it can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/warblerito
Risks and challenges
From now until the album gets into your hands, these are the obstacles we face:
Mixing should be finished by early June, but this process can be (and often is) slowed down by various hang-ups and last-minute changes. Hopefully these won't hold us up too long, and if it's wrapped up by mid June, we'll be fine with that.
The album needs to get mastered by the beginning of July. This can go very smoothly, or drag. We are taking logistical steps to ensure it gets knocked out in good time. But we're also keeping our fingers crossed.
Next will be the physical printing and packaging of the album. We'll be using the same folks we have before over at CD Baby, and their turnaround time is usually great, and the product is almost always flawless. There's little concern on our part for this step. We should get the physical CDs in our hands by the first of August.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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