UPDATE! STRETCH GOAL
We did it!!! We made our initial goal! We are overwhelmed with gratitude. Thanks to your belief in this project, Goddess will release our new album Paradise soon!
What happens now? By adding a stretch goal, we can broaden the scope of the project to create even more rewards to share with you.
If we raise $5,000, Goddess will return to the studio to record two more darkly luminous songs as bonus tracks to our new album. Backers at all levels will receive these two extra songs as digital downloads in addition to other selected awards.
Goddess is eager to get back into the studio and bring these new songs to you!
Welcome to the Goddess Kickstarter!
Greetings from the dark side. Goddess is reaching out to you to raise $4,000 in the next 30 days so we can master and press 500 copies of our new album Paradise: an exploration of the ethereal, the strange, the hypnotic and the beautiful.
We have been working on this record for nearly three years and are ready to share it with the world. But we need your help to get through the final push.
And because our community of fans has always been with us, with kind words and presence, even on weeknights in a snowstorm, we would like to reward your kindness: anything from an advance download of the album to a sweet T-shirt to a full-on Goddess house show can be yours for contributing.
On this record, we took time to expand our ideas and sonic palette. Our first album, produced by David Grubbs in 2006, was true to our live sound: Tam and Fran’s close, hypnotic harmonies over Tam’s homemade one-string horsehair fiddle, Andy’s lap dulcimer and aged keyboards, and our friend Jack singing and playing.
For Paradise, we called on more friends to help turn our visions into sounds. The spooky, sing-song melodies are still there, but this is Goddess in three dimensions.
We recorded at Nathan Rosenberg’s lovely Doghouse NYC studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Nathan, a jazz pianist who earned a gold record for his production on Poe’s debut album, was kind enough to lend his hands and voice to a couple of songs.
Our other main creative partner and producer was Bob Maynard: ghost guitarist, twiddler of unexpected knobs, formerly of Biirdie, a master arranger radical enough to suggest - yikes - drums. And play them.
Our other musical guests:
• David Newman, player of the bass for the Styrenes.
Goddess was formed in 2001 on an old runway at Floyd Bennett Field, a decommissioned airport in Brooklyn, by four women who shared a love of pre-20th-century folk music, scary harmonies, nature debased and otherwise, and myths ancient and modern.
Since 2004 we have consisted of founding members Fran Pado and Tamalyn Miller, multi-instrumentalist Andy Newman and a rotating cast of others. We write songs about the dark places in our heads and pasts, influenced by madrigals, Bartok, nursery rhymes, Amish culture, Sandy Denny, The Fearless Vampire Killers, shamanic trance music, a deer organ we found in the woods, church hymns, golden-age cabaret and Krautrock.
We use a lot of unconventional instruments, including homemade horsehair fiddle, toystore guitar, toy keyboard, lap dulcimer and tree branch.
In 2002, we played a tour of historic sites in New York City, including the Hanging Elm in Washington Square Park and Ladies Mile on Broadway. In 2006, we made and self-released an album, produced by David Grubbs. In 2007, we staged a ritual musical, “Golden Vines & Honey Wine,” for a week at Autoversion Ltd. Gallery in Chelsea.
We love to play in galleries and other unusual venues, preferably quiet ones. But we love playing anywhere. We would love to play at your house.
Fran says: “Goddess is for women who wake up and don’t want to start the day with a smile but keep going anyway because they see real beauty. Even in a post-apocalyptic situation, there’s still going to be something to laugh about, because zombies are kind of funny.” But Goddess is also for you.
What We Need the Money For
Pre-mastering and mastering: $1,000
Cutting and pressing 500 records on 180-gram vinyl, with four-color album cover: $2,200
Contributor rewards: $800.
A Closing Thought
We can’t wait for you to hear this record!
From the seven-minute fiddle freakout of “Leave Here” to the three-part goth opera “Death by Owls” to the title track, a little slice of chamber-cabaret-in-hell, we have some especially dark presents for your ears and brains and hearts, and for the world.
We just need your help to get them out there.
Risks and challenges
In reality, the likelihood of something going wrong is quite small, as everyone involved in the manufacturing process is top-of-the-industry. The record is being mastered by Alan Silverman of Arf! Mastering (http://www.arfproductions.com). Paul Gold of Salt Mastering (http://www.saltmastering.com) will cut the lathes. Rainbo Records (http://www.rainborecords.com) will press the lovely 180-gram vinyl and make the covers from our own artwork. We expect smooth sailing all the way out to the horizon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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