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A new album by a singer and composer from Toronto who writes beautiful piano-driven songs in the style of noir chamber pop.
A new album by a singer and composer from Toronto who writes beautiful piano-driven songs in the style of noir chamber pop.
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Who am I...?

I'm Anastasia and I'm a singer and composer. I create piano-driven music in the style of noir chamber pop. I'm Russian and I moved to Toronto 5 years ago. This is where I recorded and released my first album, Hour of The Wolf:

 https://anastasiaminster.bandcamp.com

(You can find it on any streaming platform and in most online stores.)

The story behind the new record.

The new record I am working on is called Father. It's an 8-track LP inspired by the work of Carl Jung, Hermann Hesse and Andrey Tarkovsky but, first and foremost, by my personal experiences of the past two years. Behind each song there is a story... and the creation of this album is a very intimate journey that I'm daring to share with you. 

From many of your messages and comments, I have learned that my voice and music have a soothing effect: they help reduce anxiety and stress. I'm hoping that this record will have a similar quality. It will be honest and intense, yet full of light and beauty.

What will it sound like?

Musically and sonically, the album is inspired by David Sylvian, Scott Walker and Thomas Feiner. This time I would like to create very special instrumentation and this is why I'm working with some of the most amazing musicians in Canada and Europe. Two songs will be a result of a collaboration with incredible Steve Jansen who is one of my absolute favourite musicians! The record will also feature and exceptionally talented cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne, outstanding jazz musicians Julian Anderson-Bowes and Eric West and others. The songs are going to have beautiful string arrangements, upright bass, trumpet and more. Everything will be recorded and mixed by my absolute favourite sound producer/engineer Jeff McMurrich (who also worked on my first album) so you can be sure everything will sound perfect on your hi-fi system.

Why do I need your help?

I will use the funds for the studio rental and pay all of the musicians who are playing on the album and the sound engineer. Here are the numbers:

$675 - upright bass recording

$675  - drum recording 

$2712 (2400 + HST) - grand piano recording (2 days studio rental + sound engineer's fee) 

$904 (800 + HST) - vocal recording (1 day studio rental + sound engineer's fee) 

$2712 (2400 + HST) - mixing (3 days Sonology studio rental) 

$1130 (1000 + HST) - mastering 

TOTAL:

$8808

The sum I am asking for is 70% of the whole album budget. Other costs will include recording additional instruments ($2486 altogether) and all the CD/gift production ( around $785), shipping costs (I expect at least $500).   

Your rewards!

I have prepared a number of very special gifts and packages for you. Because Father is such a personal record, it feels right  to make many of those gifts personalized (although I have simpler options like album download or a CD). Here is what I offer you for your pledges:

  • Early album download
  • Limited edition CD or USB drive with a copy of the album
  • Special edition postcards and posters
  • Handwritten lyrics and letters from me
  • A personalized video
  • Demos of the songs, high resolution photos and a lot more!

Risks and challenges

I am asking you for 70% of the whole budget because this money is absolutely crucial to proceed with the album recording. As long as I have this sum, I can make things work.

I have already recorded piano, vocals and cello for 3 songs (I had been saving up and managed to pay $1500 for this). The remaining 5 songs are ready to be recorded and all the arrangements have been made. All I need is funds to make it happen!

I am the only person behind this project and it's just me who is financing it. I don't have any sponsors or bandmates who would contribute to the budget, so yes, it's just me. And this is why I am counting on your collective effort to bring this project to life. ♡

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About US$ 0.75

    A little thank you video.

    I will send you a little thank you video. ♡

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    Early album download

    A link to the album download (MP3 or WAV + artwork) one day before the official release.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About US$ 19

    Lovely digital package!

    In addition to the early album download (MP3 or WAV + artwork) you will get acoustic home demos of all songs from the album (piano + vocals).

    You will also get a very special video recording of one of the songs I made just after I wrote it (the video won't be posted publicly and you will have exclusive access to it.)

    I will also send you a set of high resolution promo pictures (4 beautiful black and white portraits).

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 26

    Limited edition CD

    You will get a copy of a limited edition album (CD), available for pre-oders only, hand-numbered and signed. Plus early album download (1 day before the official release).

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 26

    Album on a USB-drive

    A special copy of the album on a beautiful customized USB-drive (available for pre-orders only) and a signed postcard. You will also get early album download.

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    Pledge CA$ 45 or more About US$ 34

    Limited edition CD + poster

    You will get a copy of a limited edition album (CD), (available for pre-oders only!), hand-numbered and signed. I will also send you a customized poster (you can pick one of the 4 promo pictures, either black-and-white or colour). Plus link to the album download (MP3 or WAV + artwork) one day before the official release.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About US$ 45

    Very special personal package

    You will receive a very special mail package from me:

    There is a personal story behind each of my songs. Ask me a question about any of them, the creation/recording process or sources of inspiration and I will reply to you personally with a beautiful handwritten letter. You will also get a copy of the limited edition CD or a USB-drive (whichever you like better), a beautiful signed postcard with my portrait and a little surprise from me.

    My absolute favourite reward. ♡

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    Pledge CA$ 70 or more About US$ 52

    Handwritten lyrics

    A beautiful little book with handwritten lyrics for all songs from the new album, a signed postcard, a limited edition CD or USB drive with the copy of the album and a little surprise from me. Plus early album download.

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    Pledge CA$ 80 or more About US$ 60

    An exclusive video

    I will record an exclusive video for you personally (a song of your choice from the first or the new album, piano+vocals, and a thank you). You will be the only owner of the video (I will send you a private download link) and you can use it as you like. ♡

    And you will also get early album download.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About US$ 186

    A cover song of your choice

    NEW REWARD!
    I will record an exclusive video for you personally: a cover song of your choice (within reason, please message me to confirm before making a pledge), piano + vocals and a personal thank you. You will be the only owner of the video (I will send you a private download link) and you can use it as you like. ♡

    And you will also get early album download.

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    Pledge CA$ 400 or more About US$ 298

    Your name in the credits, interview

    If you are that generous, your rewards will be plentiful!

    You will get early album download and you can also pick any other reward from my Kickstarter list. In addition, I will do a 30-minute Skype interview with you, where I will thank you personally and answer your questions about the songs, creative process, album recording etc.

    Your name will appear in the album credits with a special thank you. ♡

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    Any reward of your choice!

    NEW REWARD!
    You can choose any of the rewards from my Kickstarter list. You can even have them all if you'd like! PS: You are my hero. ♡

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