Hello from David, Christy, Stef, Samuel, Paul, Brandon, Matthew, Matt, Jordan, and Orlando!
With the help of many of you—friends, family, and fans (now friends!)—we were able to fund the recording of our first album early last year. Hannah, can you hold it up for us?
Thanks Hannah! We miss you!
We can't express enough how much gratitude we have for everyone who helped us with the first campaign. We were able to professionally record and produce an album that we are really happy with, and we feel that it continues to touch hearts in ways we couldn't have anticipated.
Since that time we have played probably around 50 live shows, reached thousands of people, been featured at two Southwest Regional Folk Alliances (in Santa Fe and Austin), played a beautiful wedding, been recorded live in the studio for KUNM's Ear to the Ground, and been invited to play at the Albuquerque Folk Festival—although the invitation was rescinded when our tent blew away. That event might have gone a little like this:
(video by Scott Warmuth, music by us)
We're now ready to begin recording our second album, which we're calling Lydian Water Songs, Pt. II. We noticed during the recording of our first album that just about every song featured water in one way or another ("meet me by the river," "the river roared her wondrous might" "her little house looks so lonely by the lake," "rolling water on the plain,""the clouds roll in and it starts to rain," etc.). And a ridiculous number of them featured a version of the major scale with the fourth degree raised—called by those in the know "the Lydian mode." We joked at the time that the first album should have been called Lydian Water Songs. And then we realized that just about all of the new songs are also about water and in the Lydian mode. So we thought it was time to come clean and call our music what it is.
We will again be recording at Matthew Tobias's Empty House Studio in Albuquerque, NM. Matthew is our drummer and our good friend, and he's the best in the business, so we're very happy to be working with him again. Here's Matthew trying to look his most respectable:
And if you've seen us play recently, you'll know that we've added a 3-piece horn section. Meet Orlando Madrid, ...
... Jordan Fredrick, ...
and Matt Breuer!
In preparation for the album, we've been assembling full ten-piece arrangements for most of our songs (though a few may use smaller ensembles), and we're expecting to squeeze twelve full songs onto the record. We're budgeting $4,000 for studio time (10 days tracking and 3–4 days mixing), $1,500 for mastering (which will cover us for up to 15 songs), $1,500 for duplication, and $500 for miscellaneous expenditures like taxes and what it costs us to get all the prizes in the mail.
We hope you'll join us on this journey. It might sound a little cheesy, but it's true—it feels like you're right here with us rehearsing and recording when you join our campaign.
Here are some stills from our flash concert in downtown Albuquerque. (Footage by Micheal Lopez. Photo at top of page by Kate Burn Photography.)
Risks and challenges
We don't foresee anything too terribly weird happening, with hundreds of miles between us and Roswell. Maybe some delays in recording/reproducing the CD and/or getting rewards in the mail. Our ufologists are on the alert.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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