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The Selfish Giant's debut album. A 10 song concept album inspired by Flannery O'Connor, the book of Jeremiah, and the Salton Sea. Read more

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The Selfish Giant's debut album. A 10 song concept album inspired by Flannery O'Connor, the book of Jeremiah, and the Salton Sea.

Pasadena, CA Indie Rock
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* If you'd like to hear 7 of the 10 songs performed live with the band, you can view my thesis concert here... http://vimeo.com/66513547 (Warning: sound quality not great...skip to 3:35 if you don't want to watch the intro)

The Turtledove, the Swallow, and the Crane is a concept album about a small family in Niland, CA (two miles east of the Salton Sea in southern California). It was birthed out of my Master's Thesis project at Fuller Theological Seminary. I was inspired by the short stories of Flannery O'Connor which I was reading alongside the book of Jeremiah. The desert landscape of Niland and the mysterious past of the Salton sea engulfed my imagination and were the perfect backdrop for the album. It's a concept album that tells the story of a young girl as she struggles with her family and her conception of home.

This is the first album that I'll be recording in a studio with a full band. If you've heard my music before you've likely heard me playing simple folk songs on acoustic guitar, and this album includes those, but it also has much more intense full band moments. I'll have my friends Jenna Rainey, Bernard Chadwick, Austin Drake, David Ray, Peter Mandarillo, Duncan Bohannon, and Scott Cowan with me playing drums, trumpet, electric guitar, bass, glockenspiel, auxiliary percussion, mandolin, banjo, piano, and more. This is why the album is not being released as a "Matthew Tinken" project, but it's rather a full band effort under the moniker "the Selfish Giant."

The most exciting part about this album for me is getting to press the record on vinyl! This is something I've always dreamed of being able to do, and with your help and support on Kickstarter it can actually be a reality! I will be having the album mastered for vinyl and pressed at Capsule Labs in Los Angeles. They create fantastic sounding quality records that will sound beautiful on your record player (or look beautiful on your wall as art). I wanted to record on vinyl because of the physicality of it. I want my backers and supporters to get an actual product from me that shows the labor of love this record was with something tangible they can hold in their hands.

Risks and challenges

Some challenges for this project include finding a studio that can achieve the desired sound of the album in the required budget for recording. Los Angeles has a plethora of options for places to record so while it will be a challange (and time consuming) to find the right one, I know that it is out there.

Another challenge will exist simply because I am a part time student, part time worship minister, and a full time husband trying to record a full length album and play shows in LA to promote that album. As you all know there are only so many hours in a day and I'll have to be extremely disciplined to be faithful to all of my responsibilities.

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    34 backers

    Receive digital download of the album (10 songs).

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    45 backers

    Receive the record on vinyl with a free full-length digital download as well!

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    14 backers

    Receive the record on vinyl with a free full-length digital download as well!

    Receive a full-length download of special acoustic versions of the songs! Only available on Kickstarter!

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    19 backers Limited (1 left of 20)

    Receive limited edition vinyl record and free full-length digital download as well. The limited edition includes individual artwork, a hand bound, handwritten full color book of the lyrics by Sarah Tinken, and a custom handmade walnut veneer record sleeve made by Joshua Ivan Truman!

    Receive a full-length download of special acoustic versions of the songs! Only available on Kickstarter!

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    FIELD TRIP!!
    I will take you on a personal tour of the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, Niland, Salvation Mountain, and Slab City; sharing about the details of the area that inspired the story and the songs of the album. I will make you a home-cooked dinner.

    You also receive the record on vinyl with a free full-length digital download as well! Receive a full-length download of special acoustic versions of the songs.

    (Note: Due to the desert weather of the Salton Sea this experience is best suited for October - April. You pay for your own travel to Los Angeles).

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    Receive the record on vinyl with a digital copy to download as well. Your name will be included in the liner notes of the album! I will record a unique cover version of a song of your choice!

    Receive a full-length download of special acoustic versions of the songs! Only available on Kickstarter!

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Receive 4 copies of the record on vinyl, 10 digital downloads of the record, 1 limited edition (see backing option #2) record, and your name in the credits of the album. Receive a personal show at your location/event of choice (house party, wedding, Bar Mitzvah, funeral, etc). 15 song maximum, 7 may be covers of your choice. (Chicagoland or Los Angeles area only)

    Receive a full-length download of special acoustic versions of the songs! Only available on Kickstarter!

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    Only ships to: United States

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