As we all embark on an exciting new year, I'd like to take this opportunity to look back on 2013, and thank each of you for making the release of Brooklyn Babylon possible. You stepped up and helped fund the recording before we had even hit the studio, because you believed in what we were doing. I know I speak for all of the musicians involved in Secret Society when I tell you we are tremendously appreciative of your support.
Here is a sampling of some of the year-end accolades Brooklyn Babylon has received:
• GRAMMY nominee — Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
• Best Album of 2013 — The New Republic
• Best Jazz Album of 2013 — Lucid Culture
• Best Jazz of 2013 — Slate
• 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll
• NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013
• Best Albums of 2013 — The Boston Globe
• NewMusicBox 2013 Staff Picks
• iTunes Best of 2013: Jazz
• Top 10 Recordings of 2013 — The Province
• Top 25 Classical Albums of 2013 — Rhapsody
None of this would be possible without your support. The reality of the present-day recording industry is such that without fan-funding from folks like you, albums on the scale of Brooklyn Babylon would simply never get made. It's only with your help that we were able to document and release this music for the world to hear, for which we are grateful beyond measure!
Yours appreciatively, and best wishes for the year to come,
— Darcy James Argue