We're Fialta! On August 5th, we plan to release our second album, Shadow of a Drought, an energetic, earnest pop record - our own little opus about life in the 21st Century. This new Fialta album has been 2+ years in the making. We would love to invite you to get involved in finalizing production, marketing, and launch by pledging to our Kickstarter campaign by April 30th! With your help, we already met our minimum goal! Now, every additional dollar pledged will be invested directly into creating, producing, and releasing more music!
VIDEO UPDATE // 4.17
NEW STRETCH GOAL // 350 Unique Backers
We have a new pipe dream - but one that is actually attainable with your help! If our pre-order continues to thrive in the next two weeks, Fialta has a realistic chance of charting on some important, national indie music charts! This could really give Shadow of a Drought the momentum it needs to make a big splash across the country this summer! You can help by pledging $15 or more for a digital album + (new EP included!) or by sharing this campaign with those you think might be interested.
Thank you SO MUCH for all you are doing out there to support and spread the word about Fialta and Shadow of a Drought. You guys are the best!!! And if you haven't already done so, check out the video above for a report on how each Kickstarter dollar is being carefully invested to launch Shadow of a Drought into the world!
STRETCH GOAL REACHED // $10k
We're blown away by your support already -- you've gotten us to our first stretch goal of $10,000! This enables us to finish the production and mastering of 5 more songs.
As a THANK YOU, every backer who pledges $15 dollars or more will also get a digital copy of a new 5-SONG EP! That makes a total of 17 new Fialta songs. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and encouragement so far, and for spreading the news! You mean the world to us.
*Preview our new Kickstarter Exclusive Single below and get a download of the entire song with every pledge over $5.* (If on mobile, scroll to the bottom to listen.)
BACKGROUND // OUR STORY
This album, every word on it, every melody, every gang vocal, every strum of the ukulele, and every nifty new synth tone - it all means something special to us. It is the sound of us reaching out to you, our family and friends and fans, to say, Listen: we feel it. Life can be hard. Life can be baffling. Life can be dreary. But life isn’t always what it seems: there is darkness and fear, but there is love, too. And joy. And beauty. And amazement. And inspiration. And a hell of a lot of fun. And sometimes, you just have to dance your legs off until you remember what it is to be fully alive! At it's heart, that is what this record is all about.
As four individual songwriters, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists, we started Fialta as a way to support each other in arranging and recording our musical ideas. For us, writing and recording music goes beyond anything you could simply classify as a hobby. We are deeply passionate about the creative process and can attest to how formative it has been for our marriages and friendships (yup, we're two married couples)!
In 2013, we released our debut album, Summer Winter, and we were overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm it received. In addition to touring the West Coast, we have heard our songs featured in major tv shows like Parenthood, A to Z, Awkward, & About a Boy, as well as commercials for Kmart, Chipotle, Microsoft and more. These placements helped us pay for the costs of our last album. Now, we're hoping to take our next record to this level and beyond!
OUR PURPOSE // OUR ALBUM
Over the past two years, we've been writing, arranging, and recording our new album, Shadow of a Drought. At first, that title was just one of many puns we came up with while driving back from the Bay Area one weekend. We laughed about it at the time, but then, we couldn’t get the image out of our heads. It had weight to it. Eventually, it showed up in a song lyric. And then, we named the album.
Here’s the backstory: California's been in a crushing drought these last few years, and it has cast a bit of a shadow over how people view life and their futures here. We’ve had friends lose jobs. Wells have gone dry. Orchards have been left for dead. Vineyards are thirsty. But the metaphor is bigger than an environmental message. “Drought” is symbolic of so many things: a creative or spiritual void, poverty, a lack of hope. Our purpose with Shadow of a Drought is to take on all these themes in the way Fialta does best: with irony, energy, and sun-drenched melodies.
OUR MISSION // YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS
We are tremendously grateful to create art together and share it with YOU, and we need your help to finish the production and promotion of this new record. Recording and releasing an album comes with a whole slew of line item expenses that are typically covered by a record label -- but we're doing this entirely independently! We've already managed to fund ourselves 50% of the way, but we need your help to reach the remaining 50%.
By pledging today, you are helping us make this dream a reality! In addition to the direct rewards you'll be getting, your contributions will be going towards:
- Finalizing album artwork
- Ordering physical albums in bulk
- Worldwide PR & radio campaign
- Merchandise (like t-shirts and tank-tops)
- Producing professional music videos
- Hosting an album release show
- Touring + associated travel expenses
- Mixing and Mastering of BONUS songs
Any amount you choose to pledge is so appreciated. From $1 to anything more, we are truly so thankful for your consideration and contribution!
WHERE YOU COME IN
You can support the Shadow of a Drought Album pressing and release by pledging to our project. In return, you’ll receive the incentive package of your choice as a special thank you! And every pledge above $15 will also include an additional digital copy of a new 5-song EP!
PLEDGES + REWARDS
$1 pledge = Tip Jar
$5 pledge = Kickstarter Exclusive Single (sent when campaign ends)
$15 pledge = Digital download of our new album + our first album
$20 pledge = CD (signed optional) + digital album + our first album
$35 pledge = 1 t-shirt or tank top + 1 CD + 1 digital album
$45 pledge = Personal, handwritten lyrics + unique Polaroid + CD
$65 pledge = 1 t-shirt or tank + handwritten lyrics + Polaroid + CD
$70 pledge = 2 t-shirt or tank tops + 2 CDs
$75 pledge = 5 signed copies of our new album + 5 digital albums
$100 pledge = 1 t-shirt or tank top + 5 signed albums for friends
$350 pledge = Private acoustic house show (1.5 hr) + 5 signed albums
$1,000 pledge = Full band performance (1.5hr) + 5 signed albums + more
LIMITED RUN: Unisex American Apparel - Tank Top (Teal) or T-Shirt (Slate)
Sizes Available: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL /// Tank / T-Shirt Design Design Below
SCHEDULE // PROJECT TIMELINE
Shoot music video
Send out Kickstarter Exclusive Single
Launch PR + radio campaign
Release album single + music video
Album Preview Party
Ship early Kickstarter rewards + downloads
Release album worldwide
Select tour dates
Album release show
Select tour dates
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
- Share this page with friends: fialtamusic.com/pledge
- Sign up to receive our email newsletter
- Use the campaign hastag: #shadowofadrought
- Follow Fialta on Instagram: @fialtamusic
- Like Fialta on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SINGLE - PREVIEW
Risks and challenges
We want to create amazing recordings to share with you for years to come. The more support we receive from our backers, the more we'll be able to really invest in putting everything we can behind this new album.
Your contribution is an investment in Fialta’s capacity to refine our art, create a stronger impact, and inspire others to find their true passions as we have found ours.
By believing in each other, we will see the world evolve. Let's do it together!
Gratefully yours - Beth, David, Mike, and Sarah // FialtaLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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