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Cock & Swan make intricate, darkly-lit experimental pop music. Help us release our new album on a vinyl LP.
Cock & Swan make intricate, darkly-lit experimental pop music. Help us release our new album on a vinyl LP.
61 backers pledged $1,820 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi, we’re a band from Seattle called Cock & Swan.  We’ve been making music together for about ten years, starting with a 4 track tape recorder and gradually building up a real recording studio where we’ve recorded other bands like La Luz, Brad DunnMike Dumovich, and Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles.

We make analog-style, experimental pop music that’s been described as "polished dreaminess with an undercurrent of raw and weird."

We just released an album on Hush Hush Records called Secret Angles.  You can hear a song from it here:

So far, production and promotion has been handled on a strictly DIY basis, which has been both challenging and rewarding. We're proud to make this record available digitally.  But we also believe Secret Angles is one of those special albums best suited for the vinyl format, so we're asking for your financial support to help make this physical release a reality. 

The album is mastered and ready to be pressed, and all we need is the money to get started.  All the funds from this Kickstarter project will go into the production costs of pressing the record, printing labels and jackets, and making other rewards for backers.

What do I get?

The rewards for anything at or above the $20 level will include a copy of the vinyl record plus a download and a CD (if you want one).  Plus we are giving away some other cool stuff like t-shirts, more music by Cock & Swan, and even more additional music and merch from Hush Hush Records.  We want to let you pre-order the LP and let us share more music along the way.

Update 10/7: We posted a new free EP for backers!  "Shapes in the Sheen" is a re-imagining of songs by local Northwest artists, with instrumentals/backing vocals by Cock & Swan and new performances by the original artists.  The link is up now in backers-only updates.  You can preview the EP below:

Update 10/5: THANK YOU for getting us to our goal!  

But it's not over yet!  We're only pressing a limited number of records, so tell a friend and help us share this album with even more people in the future.  Making more records = more fun stuff like an official vinyl release party!  Plus we added new rewards so check em out.

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Update 9/24: We posted a free EP called Moonchill for backers, you can download it now in the backers-only updates! Preview the full EP below:

NOTE: Secret Angles is available for download at the Hush Hush Bandcamp page, and you are welcome to listen/download it there for free while you wait for your Kickstarter rewards to arrive. We will also send all downloads via email when the campaign ends in October.

Let's do this! (Note: this is a mock-up so the final product may vary.)
Let's do this! (Note: this is a mock-up so the final product may vary.)

 Note: the $40 shirt reward also includes the LP, even though it isn't in the description.

Shirts for the specially initiated (this is a mock-up so final colors/design may vary)
Shirts for the specially initiated (this is a mock-up so final colors/design may vary)
VISUALIZATION: the night bus getaway pack ($50)
VISUALIZATION: the night bus getaway pack ($50)

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A lot of talented and generous people helped make this album special. Superhuman rock photographer Angel Ceballos did all the photography. Charlie Smith of Studio Nels (TMTS, Pollens, Katie Kate) helped mix the album and Adam Straney (Breakpoint Mastering) made it shine. Alex Ruder at Hush Hush/KEXP kindly accepted this mission and made things happen. 

Now you can be a part of this project, too.  Thank you for your time and support!

Risks and challenges

One thing that could take longer than expected is the vinyl production process.
The good news is that we have done this all before for "Unrecognize," which we self-released, so we are familiar with these particular challenges.
The mastered tracks and album art are 100% ready to go.

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    Virtual high-five (or handshake/business hug) plus 2 bonus EPs! The first bonus EP is called "Moonchill" and is available to download instantly in our Backers-Only updates. The 2nd EP will be posted for backers sometime before the end of the campaign, and will feature Cock & Swan backing a few other Northwest artists.

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    Digital Copy of "Secret Angles" PLUS remixes by Kid Smpl, Cex, IG88 and more. (320 MP3 or WAV)

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    Magic Time with Johnny and Ola - Play a round or two of Magic: the Gathering with us at our house or some other agreeable location in Seattle. Includes a prize pack of Magic: the Gathering, even if you lose, because we like you.

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    Uncle Mike's Superlicious BBQ Date with Johnny and Ola (Seattle only) - Come and eat BBQ with us from Uncle Mike’s in White Center, they have vegan/vegetarian options and transcendent BBQ flavors. Afterward you are welcome to take a power nap in the La-Z-Boy.

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    T-shirt Only - no vinyl, just a tee. This t-shirt features a symbol for each song on “Secret Angles” plus the Cock & Swan symbol that started it all. For people who don’t want the LP but like wearing shirts. (See project description for design details.)

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    Complete Digital Edition - Includes INSTRUMENTAL version of “Secret Angles,” plus 2 bonus EPs, advance remix collection, and the regular digital version of the album. A fully wordless version of “Secret Angles” for when you’re “in the mood.” (Note: Instrumentals also included w/ the vinyl record for $25 and up.)

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    Limited Edition vinyl LP of “Secret Angles” (plus digital copy).

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    “Secret Angles” Vinyl LP + Download of the Instrumental version of “Secret Angles” (320 MP3 or WAV). (plus regular album download)

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    Signed, personalized “Secret Angles” Vinyl LP + Instrumentals + Album download

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    Digital Discography: Includes signed “Secret Angles” vinyl LP, digital copies of “Unrecognize,” “Stash,” “Secret Angles,” and Instrumentals download.

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    "Secret Angles" inspired t-shirt (see design details in project description) plus Digital Discography.

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    INTERNATIONAL Limited Edition vinyl LP of “Secret Angles” (plus digital copy). This option is available if you want to have the LP shipped anywhere outside of the US.

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    Tangible Discography: Includes signed “Secret Angles” Vinyl LP, T-shirt, Vinyl LP of “Unrecognize,” CD copy of “Stash”, plus the Digital Discography.

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    Night Bus Getaway Pack: Includes signed “Secret Angles” Vinyl LP, 2X LP of “Skylight” by Kid Smpl, Hush Hush Records tote bag, plus Digital Discography.

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    The Going Deep Mega Pack: Includes signed “Secret Angles” Vinyl LP, 2X LP of “Skylight” by Kid Smpl, Hush Hush Records tote bag, T-shirt, Vinyl LP of “Unrecognize,” CD copy of “Stash”, plus the Digital Discography.

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    Cock & Swan “Lush” Remix - Johnny will remix a song, any song, and Ola will probably sing on it. Also includes: signed “Secret Angles” vinyl LP, digital copies of “Unrecognize,” “Stash,” “Secret Angles,” and Instrumentals download.

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    Record a song at Dandelion Gold with Johnny (located in Seattle, WA). Also includes: signed “Secret Angles” vinyl LP, digital copies of “Unrecognize,” “Stash,” “Secret Angles,” and Instrumentals download.

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    Cock & Swan will play a show for you, either at your place (within reasonable distance of Seattle, WA) or at Dandelion Gold. Please contact us first to narrow down possible dates and locations. Also includes: signed “Secret Angles” vinyl LP, digital copies of “Unrecognize,” “Stash,” “Secret Angles,” and Instrumentals download.

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