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Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly's new science-fiction concept album. For latest news follow here and sign up to Fred's mailing list: http://bit.ly/fredsmailinglist
Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly's new science-fiction concept album. For latest news follow here and sign up to Fred's mailing list: http://bit.ly/fredsmailinglist
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Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly's new science-fiction concept album The Lasters

Pledge now for an exclusive triple gatefold double vinyl album with spot metallic and florescent inks, a pop-up fold and augmented reality visuals. (Download also available!)

Fred says:

I'm running this Kickstarter campaign because, having finished making this epic science-fiction concept album after three years' hard work, I want it to have the gorgeous package it deserves and be able to sit proudly alongside all my other album sleeves. I've made six stained glass window light boxes out of laser cut perspex and these have been incorporated into a lavish triple gatefold sleeve with spot colours, a pop-up fold and augmented reality visuals. I need to manufacture a minimum number of these for this sleeve to be financially feasible, so I need your partnership in reaching that number. With your help, if this campaign can raise £10,000 in the next month then we can push the button and create another hyper-designed Deakin artefact for posterity.

Synopsis of the album's narrative

The Lasters is a science fiction concept album with a story running through it: it's set in a dystopian near-future and tells the tale of Earth's final family. After climate change and nuclear holocausts have brought our planet to the brink of extinction, a civil war has split humanity into two warring factions: the Luddites (led by a man) and the Technologists (led by a woman). These two have a daughter together and the album tells her story. 

The music

The album is 73 minutes long and has 19 tracks. It features four lead vocalists (Abi Sinclair, Charlotte Hatherley, Steffan Huw Davies plus - hem hem - myself) and many excellent musicians. 

You can listen to three minutes of short excerpts from five tracks below:

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You can listen to a Hollywood-style audio trailer for the album below: 

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You can listen to the entire album with me on Thursday 23rd May via a Facebook Live webcast on the album's Facebook page.

You can attend a free album listening party in Leeds, Bristol, Brighton, London or Edinburgh from Wednesday 22nd - Thursday 30th May

And you can book tickets for an epic yet intimate live show featuring a full band and all the vocalists with t-shirt tickets and fancy interactive visuals at a secret London venue in September via the gig ticket reward.

The artwork

I've designed a truly lavish package for this epic project: a triple gatefold sleeve enclosing two heavyweight coloured vinyl discs with spot metallic and florescent inks, a pop-up fold and augmented reality visuals that animate when you point your phone or tablet camera at the various sleeve panels. Each of the six panels features a "stained glass window" made from laser cut perspex mounted onto a light box, depicting one of six scenes from the story. 

Three of the light boxes on display at the listening party
Three of the light boxes on display at the listening party
Original cover light box - one of six images
Original cover light box - one of six images
Cover light box on display at listening party
Cover light box on display at listening party
Perspex being assembled
Perspex being assembled
Mock-up of triple gatefold sleeve with pop-up fold
Mock-up of triple gatefold sleeve with pop-up fold

This deluxe vinyl package will never be available again once this Kickstarter campaign has closed. 

Below is a mock-up of the A1 art print that I am offering as a reward which contains the artwork from all six light boxes plus an extra panel not included on the sleeve (partly because it gives away a crucial element of the plot). This super high quality print will be produced by K2 printers who are great and who also did the Lost Horizons print. I will of course number and sign every one.

Mock-up of A1 art print featuring extra panel not on sleeve (because of spoilers!) And one panel I haven't finished yet.
Mock-up of A1 art print featuring extra panel not on sleeve (because of spoilers!) And one panel I haven't finished yet.

My journey

I started making this album over three years ago. It was inspired by my love of science fiction and my desire to make a concept album with a story running through it, like War of The Worlds, Quadrophenia or Harry Nilsson's The Point. Hey, how difficult could that be?

It was pretty difficult. First up I had to write a compelling story that would complement the music. There's a draft of this album which incorporates a lot more explanation and dialogue, but in the end I decided to strip the spoken word element right back to the bare minimum and put the music at the front of the project, where it rightfully belongs. I had to write myself some proper song lyrics for the first time, and as well as being great lyrics they also had to convey the story with subtlety and grace. Finally, somehow fate decreed that I had to sing on it myself: but no pressure Fred - it's just a duet with one of your favourite vocalists.

Fortunately I was incredibly lucky to have some amazingly talented people to help me realise this vision. Abi Sinclair's incredible voice is the heart and soul of this record (imho she nails every track), and the superb vocals of Charlotte Hatherley and Steffan Huw Davies also bring untold layers of emotion to the story. Inevitably there's a very long list of brilliant people to thank for their help with every stage of this project and full credits are on the album sleeve, but I'll just quickly give a shout out to Harri Chambers, Mikko Gordon, Katy Schutte, Andrew Wasylyk, Marc Marot and Nat Hunter for their invaluable contributions.

In conclusion:

Life is short and I believe it's important to explore as many of your dreams as you can. This concept album was one of mine and frankly it's been a pretty tough journey at times, but I'm so chuffed with how it turned out. It touches on contemporary politics, family dynamics and self-realisation: it's funny and sad, you can dance to it and it's going to make an awesome live show. Hope you like it!

Risks and challenges

The album is recorded, the audio is mastered and the sleeve is designed: all I need is for you to place your order so that I know how many copies I should be making. I need to get to a minimum number of copies so that the lavish vinyl package that I have planned will be affordable to manufacture, but once I reach my target there are no risks: all I need is your partnership to reach that minimum threshold.

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    Digital download of album and artwork

    A digital download of the MP3 and WAV files of the full album plus a PDF of the album artwork.

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    USB drive with album and all my DJ mixes

    A branded USB Flash Drive (64Gb capacity, so you can use it for other stuff afterwards) with The Lasters album as MP3s and WAVs, a PDF of the album artwork and all of my DJ mixes: my BBC 6Mixes, my annual FredMixes, all four Breezeblock mixes, Going Places, Jelly Nuggets, K Bar, Big Chill etc etc and even some of my teenage mix tapes, totalling well over 40 hours of music.

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    The vinyl album itself

    The triple gatefold double vinyl album featuring metallic and florescent spot colour inks, a pop-up fold and augmented reality visuals. Both discs are pressed on heavyweight coloured vinyl.
    The sleeve artwork itself is a series of six "stained glass window" images constructed from laser cut perspex mounted onto light boxes which show scenes from the album's story.
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    The vinyl album US / AUSTRALIA / JAPAN!

    The vinyl album and download as above: apologies but I overestimated the overseas postage costs and I can't now change them so if you are pledging from US, Australia or Japan please choose this reward as it will be cheaper! Thanks!

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    Vinyl album + USB drive

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    Digital download plus poster

    A digital download of the MP3 and WAV files of the full album plus a PDF of the album artwork, and a signed A1 poster of the album artwork, featuring all six light box images as photographed for the cover.

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    Early bird vinyl album and poster

    The vinyl album, the digital download and a signed A1 poster of the album artwork, featuring all six light box images as photographed for the cover. And you get an early bird discount!

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    A replica light box

    We will make a replica of any one of the six light boxes that feature on the cover of the album for you. They are 500x500mm (i.e. substantially larger than the album) and can be wall or floor mounted.
    This reward also includes the vinyl album and the digital download.

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    The six original light boxes

    The six original light boxes that make up the album sleeve: they took me literally months to make. They are all 500x500mm and can be wall mounted. Plus the vinyl album and a digital download.

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    2 x T-shirt tickets to a secret gig

    Two t-shirt tickets (i.e. everyone will have to wear the one-off Fred-designed t-shirt that I will send you in order to get in) for a live performance of the entire album at an intimate secret central London venue on FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2019. This show will feature a full live band with all four vocalists (Abi, Charlotte, Steffan and myself) and fancy interactive visuals plus other cool Fred-type stuff. I'll be hanging out in the bar after the show so come say hi.

    Because I have to limit the number of tickets for sale due to venue capacity, I have to offer this as a completely separate pledge. If you want one of the other rewards as well as the gig tickets then either create another Kickstarter account and make a new pledge, or add the extra amount to this pledge, (e.g. to order two tickets plus the digital album you should pledge £58 here, for two tickets plus the vinyl album pledge £87, etc.) and I'll deduce what you have purchased using the power of maths.

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    2 x T-shirt tickets to a secret gig

    Two t-shirt tickets (i.e. everyone will have to wear the one-off Fred-designed t-shirt that I will send you in order to get in) for a live performance of the entire album at an intimate secret central London venue on THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2019. This show will feature a full live band with all four vocalists (Abi, Charlotte, Steffan and myself) and fancy interactive visuals plus other cool Fred-type stuff. I'll be hanging out in the bar after the show so come say hi.

    Because I have to limit the number of tickets for sale due to venue capacity, I have to offer this as a completely separate pledge. If you want one of the other rewards as well as the gig tickets then either create another Kickstarter account and make a new pledge, or add the extra amount to this pledge, (e.g. to order two tickets plus the digital album you should pledge £58 here, for two tickets plus the vinyl album pledge £87, etc.) and I'll deduce what you have purchased using the power of maths.

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