When we first heard Idyl's latest album, Elements of the Field, we knew we had to do one thing: issue it on vinyl. Led by Texas-born wunderkin Alex Dupree, Idyl features contributions by Austin musicians Aisha Burns (of Balmorhea, http://balmorhea.tumblr.com/), Sean Padilla of The Cocker Spaniels, Kevin Bybee, and David Kline. We won't repeat all of the praise Alex et. al have received from NPR and Alarm Magazine, but their new album is truly exceptional, and you deserve to experience it on vinyl. You'll pause to intentionally listen to this record, over and over, for many years to come.
Elements of the Field is about exploration, self-discovery, persistence, and persverance. Blending folk and Spanish influences with field recordings and sound collages, this album is the soundtrack of jungle trekking with Teddy Roosevelt, mapping the Northwest corridor with Lewis & Clark, and canoeing unchartered waters. Its roughness around the edges lends itself perfectly to the vinyl format, with all of its inherent cracks, fizzes, and pops. Elements of the Field is meant for the turntable, so we hope you'll join us to give it the treatment it deserves.
What We're Doing:
We'll be working with United Press in Nashville to press the copies of Elements of the Field on standard weight black vinyl. Packaging will feature original artwork by Austin-based artist Joshua Gamma (www.joshuagamma.com) and a free download of the full album in a format of your choice (mp3, FLAC, ogg, etc.). Could anything be better than that? Oh, great question, and the answer is: yes. How about a limited-edition, silk-screened Elements of the Field print designed by Atlanta's own Russell Shaw (www.russellshawblog.com) to adorn the wall above your record player? Brilliant.
Also worth noting, Russell was the creative genius behind some SICK music videos - one of which our good friends at Bearings Guide (www.bearingsguide.com) will exclusively premiere on Thursday, September 20 (watch it now: http://www.bearingsguide.com/video-idyl/). And while we're at it, we want to give special shout outs to Andrew Hernandez (audio engineer), Travis Chapman (of Balmorhea), Kira Bordelon and Diana Burgess (of Mother Falcon), and Nicole Kern for helping us make the music videos and this entire project a reality.
Watch Idyl perform "Silent Prophet in the Hall of the King" and "Two Idyls" at Baby Blue in Austin, TX:
Get on Board:
1) OWN THE PROJECT - Each of the options we've put together includes high-quality, hand-crafted elements, and is priced in a way to be affordable and accessible - what matters most to us is getting this record in your hands. We're gracious for contributions of all sizes to this project. Every little bit matters.
2) SHARE - Bust open those e-mail contacts and share this Kickstarter link with all of your closest friends. People deserve to know about Elements of the Field - it's truly a delight - so tell your friends, family, colleagues, etc. about this project.
Many thanks to those who have helped us thus far, and to you who will continue to help us in the future. We wish all of you the very best.
Elements of the Field,
Dr. G Recordings (Drew, Russell, and Gray)
- (30 days)