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We sing, we string, play piano, and pick guitars.  Our third album is in the making and we need your help to finish it!
We sing, we string, play piano, and pick guitars. Our third album is in the making and we need your help to finish it!
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1,568 backers pledged $68,959 to help bring this project to life.

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Árstíðir – Music from the heart of Iceland. Our third album. project video thumbnail
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We get by with a little (a lot!) of help from our friends. Please feel free to share this photo of our stretch goals. We have already reached three together, but there are still potential ones to go. Let's see how far we can reach together!
We get by with a little (a lot!) of help from our friends. Please feel free to share this photo of our stretch goals. We have already reached three together, but there are still potential ones to go. Let's see how far we can reach together!

Why Kickstarter?

Karl the violinist explains: 

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Last album we had to put up Danni's apartment as collateral to get a bank loan with high interest. That was three years ago, and we finally paid it off this year. 

A band without debt is a happy band - but most importantly, a band without debt has the freedom to tour abroad and share their music.

What is our aim?

Our goal is to create a landmark album, created in our practice space at the former Icelandic power plant Toppstöðin. Our last album was primarily acoustic and featured lush string arrangements; this time, we want to take some risks and try new things.

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We've recently moved into Toppstöðin which is a very inspiring rehearsal place. Being an abandoned power plant, it is full of old dusty machinery and vintage magic. This is where we are writing, arranging, and trying out material for the new album.

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Throughout this month we'll be making some live videos here, to showcase new music and keeping you up to date with the process.

What do we need from you?

Your encouragement and support. Pledge and get some of the goodies here on the right, and help us make this album happen.  

What will we give?

We have prepared all sorts of cool stuff to hand out to our supportive pledgers. For example, we will give away Gunni's trusty Martin DR acoustic guitar, which he has used on stage with Árstíðir from the very beginning. 

We are designing a book of photos, artwork and inspiration, as well as a volume of sheet music with arrangements and lyrics from our last two albums.

We have unique limited-edition clothing in the works, such as campaign-exclusive t-shirts and hoodies. For a few pledgers we will even custom-make knitted Icelandic lopapeysa (sheep's wool sweater).

But for those who can't afford guitars or lopapeysas and still want to support us - don't worry, we have great stuff for you too. We will send hand-written postcards, signed copies of our new album, Árstíðir guitar picks and USB sticks - and of course a whole lot more. 

Some general info on our rewards: 
- All rewards include shipping to anywhere in the world.
- All rewards are packaged with love by us, in our practice space at Toppstöðin, and hand-mailed from Iceland.
- All CDs + vinyls include a 320kbps mp3 download of the new album.
- All the rewards will be shipped September of this year.

How much money do we need? List of costs:

 Who are Árstíðir?

We are four friends from Reykjavík, Iceland, that have been playing and touring together since 2009.  Our name means "seasons," and is pronounced OURS-teeth-her.

  • Daníel Auðunsson — Guitar, vocals
  • Gunnar Már Jakobsson — Guitar, baritone guitar, vocals
  • Karl James Pestka — Violin, viola, electronics, vocals
  • Ragnar Ólafsson — Piano, baritone guitar, vocals

Risks and challenges

For our Kickstarter campaign, we decided to set the goal at $20,000. In reality, the album will be more expensive (closer to $33,000 as can be seen in our financial plan). But we didn't want to be overambitious, so we set the bar a little lower than the actual cost of the album, since it can still help us a great deal.

The album will be made regardless, but with the help of you guys through this campaign we will hopefully avoid debt.

What happens after the project gets funded?

This Kickstarter campaign will occur at the same time as we start the actual recordings of the new album. We estimate to be recording in the studio through May and June. The album will be mixed through June and July, and pressed in August.

We'll start shipping the album to all the backers along with the promised rewards in September, and we are determined to keep our end of the bargain and honor our obligations on time.

We are aware that in campaigns like, this unexpected things can happen that might prevent us from shipping all the rewards on time (all the woolen sweaters don't get knitted on time, or there is a strike at the t-shirt factory etc). In this unlikely situation we'll inform every backer individually about the progress and put our hearts into resolving the issue.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    We'll send you a handwritten postcard from Iceland thanking you for your help.

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    High resolution download of the finished album.

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    The physical CD, shipped with love.

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    The physical CD, shipped with love &
    an exclusive B-side download.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Signed CD, an exclusive B-side download, an Árstíðir guitar pick, and a personalized thank you note.

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Signed photo of the band, handwritten lyrics from a song on the new album (complete with coffee stain), a signed CD dedicated to a person of your choice, B-side, Árstíðir guitar pick, and thank you note.

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Signed vinyl (which includes a CD), signed photo of the band, handwritten lyrics from a song on the new album (complete with coffee stain), B-side, Árstíðir guitar pick, and thank you note.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Limited edition t-shirt (only available through this campaign), signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    A custom-made book that includes lyrics, chords, and sheet music from the first two Árstíðir albums, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    We'll credit you in the album booklet, and you'll get a book of sheet music, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side download, Árstíðir guitar pick and a personalized thank you note.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    A signed poster featuring artwork from the new album, dedicated to a person of your choice.

    + Album credit, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    A signed poster featuring artwork from the new album, dedicated to a person of your choice.

    + Album credit, music book, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    A beautiful limited edition soft cover photobook featuring color prints of original Árstíðir artwork, portraits, and inspiration, signed and shipped with love.

    + Album credit, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    A beautiful limited edition soft cover photobook featuring color prints of original Árstíðir artwork, portraits, and inspiration, signed and shipped with love.

    + Album credit, music book, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    A custom-made Icelandic "lopapeysa" sheep's wool sweater.

    + Album credit, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    A custom-made Icelandic "lopapeysa" sheep's wool sweater.

    + Album credit, photobook, music book, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You will receive a special, distinguished acknowledgement in the album credits and a limited edition hooded sweatshirt (only available through this campaign).

    + T-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You will receive a special, distinguished acknowledgement in the album credits and a limited edition hooded sweatshirt (only available through this campaign).

    + Photobook, music book, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    We'll make a personal video message/music video with a Árstíðir song of your choice, shipped to you on a exclusive Árstíðir USB stick imprinted with the band's logo.

    + Special mention in album credits, photobook, music book, hoodie, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    We'll write and record a song for you on a subject of your choosing.

    + Special album credit, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    We'll write and record a song for you on a subject of your choosing.

    + Special album credit, photobook, music book, hoodie, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    Planning to visit Iceland? We'll provide home accommodation and good company during your visit, as well as dinner with the band and an extraordinary cave tour in an Icelandic lavatube

    + Special album credit, photobook, music book, hoodie, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Signed “Martin DR” acoustic guitar - used on stage with Árstíðir since the very beginning.

    + Special album credit, photobook, music book, hoodie, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    We'll fly you round trip to Iceland to attend our release concert, as well as an additional private gig in our rehearsal space at the Toppstöðin power plant.

    + Special album credit, photobook, music book, hoodie, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    Árstíðir will perform a private concert for you in your own home, anywhere in the world.

    + Special album credit, photobook, music book, hoodie, t-shirt, signed CD, B-side, guitar pick, thank you note.

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