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!)
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 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:
You can listen to a Hollywood-style audio trailer for the album below:
You can listen to the entire album with me on Thursday 23rd May via a Facebook Live webcast on the album's Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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