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Al & Ant are back! This is classic California pop with gorgeous harmonies, textured arrangements, an organic sound and a sense of joy.
Al & Ant are back! This is classic California pop with gorgeous harmonies, textured arrangements, an organic sound and a sense of joy.
Al & Ant are back! This is classic California pop with gorgeous harmonies, textured arrangements, an organic sound and a sense of joy.
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Little World CD – Allyson Seconds with Anton Barbeau

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Singer Allyson Seconds and songwriter/ producer Anton Barbeau have teamed up again for a new album. “Little World” picks up nicely where Allyson’s 2009 debut, “Bag of Kittens,” left off, matching her honey-velvet vocals with Ant’s layered and harmony-rich psych-pop songs.

“Little World” came together quickly, neither artist realizing at first a new album was being made. “It wasn’t planned out. As with the first album, it started with one song, then another,” explains Anton. The initial sessions were a breeze, with the title track and a few other tunes being written and recorded in January of 2015. Knowing they were onto a good thing, Ant returned from Berlin in September, but the scene in California had changed considerably, affecting both the nature of the songs as well as Allyson’s vocal performance. Allyson, who rarely misses a day at the river with her dogs, was seeing first hand the effects of climate change on her “little world.” “There was the drought and the smoke from all the wildfires, plus I’d been ill and didn’t know if I could even sing,” says Allyson. Ant adds, “We embraced the edge of rawness in Al’s voice.” A casual listener probably won’t hear this, as Allyson’s vocals are lovely as ever, but there’s an authenticity to her performance. “The September vibe of life on a dying planet” became part of the sound of the record.

Despite the dire backstory, ultimately the sound and feeling of “Little World” is joyful. “The community aspect stands out the most to me,” says Allyson. “Even though my name is on the cover, I feel like I’m an equal-part player. I wanna put everyone’s name on it.” Those names include the Bevis Frond, Kimberley Rew, Colin Moulding of XTC, Michael Urbano, the late Scott Miller, Kevin Allison, Karla Kane from the Corner Laughers, Larry Tagg, Su Jordan, Vince DiFiore of Cake, Jane Stanness from Hunderby, and Greek musicians Jamie Smith and Orestis Koletsos. Some of the collaborators sent tracks remotely from around the globe, while local friends came over and recorded their parts into the same microphone, sitting in the same chair. “Everyone on ‘Little World’ is connected; it’s one big ball of music,” says Allyson.


Risks and challenges

Al's first "journey" on the heart-opening path of crowd funding. Ant's fifth. The "irascible pop genius" has financed his last 5 albums with four campaigns (yes, that means he funded two albums with one campaign, for gollygosh sake!), so while Allyson might be nervous about asking people for money, Anton aint! Mostly, we both know we've got a solid and quite special album here. The album is recorded and now all we need is your LOVE and MONEY to cover manufacturing and promotion costs.

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    Acoustic EP - Al and Ant rumbling through tunes from Little World and Bag of Kittens "live in the living room," plus digital download of the album.

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    Signed Allyson photo print, plus a CD copy of Little World and some nifty Al-made art pinback buttons.

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    Ant overdub on your song — our boy will add synths, piano, bass, guitar or bongos to your track.

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    Pleasurable Give —Well, basically, this is for those folks who just wanna help us make our target! You get the pleasure of giving without having to check your mail box for anything in return! (OK, we'll probably send you a copy of the CD.) Or let us know if you want to set up a custom amount / reward package from the list above.

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