Once upon a time
You may or may not remember my previous bands, The Rum Diary and Shuteye Unison. Identical Homes is something that I have always done in between music projects since I got my first 4-track in 1997. This date coincides with the release of Bjork's Homogenic. After that first listen, I have loved and wanted to create electronic music. My band mates, eh, not so much, so it has been more or less a "solo" endeavor.
But! This time, Jake, Schuyler and Jon have helped me introduce some organic sounds into the songs. This piece of music deserves to be carved into a nice slab of vinyl. I have something very special planned, with help from my childhood friend/amazing artist, Amadeo Bachar.
Back in the day, you would find a record label to cover these up front costs of manufacturing. Now, we have our own record label, Parks and Records. The good news: we have the freedom to do what we want, like donate a percentage of sales to organizations that help our parks! The bad news: we don't have a big label budget. That is where Kickstarter comes in.
Here is a sneak preview of the new album, A Hydrophelia, being released on Parks and Records in early 2014:
This album features a remix from James and Evander, co-written songs with Lia Rose and Sara Melfy (Hello Handsome), and help from my fine friends Jake, Schuyler and Jon whom you know from my previous bands. 10 self-engineered songs, samples, digital blips/bumps/squeaks, ambiance, awkwardly breathy vocals, banjo, and thug beats of course. Everything that you'd expect, *with many little surprises along the way*.
Let's face it, a digital download is only so exciting. It can feel like a business card that you have to pay for. I still love records. I buy them, I play them, and I try my best to make them (and use recycled material wherever possible). To me, they make listening to music an activity, an interactive experience, and less of something you just throw on in the background.
This project will pay for:
- Mastering 10 songs for digital and vinyl
- Pressing 100 limited edition vinyl records
- Materials for packaging
- Nice soft t-shirts and hoodies (that you will actually wear!) for silk screening
- Shipping, boxes, taxes, Kickstarter and Amazon fees, etc.
Thank you thank you thank you so much!
Risks and challenges
Real talk: This ain't no hand-out, I have worked my tail off this year finishing these songs, and have a lot more work to do in order to create the packaging and rewards. It's a lot of work, it takes up most of my free time, but luckily, it's the kind of work I love.
In the off chance that manufacturing the record takes longer than I expect, I will send the digital links and other rewards on time, shortly followed by the records.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)