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British progressive quartet TALANAS are creating a 20+ page digibook CD version of their new acoustic mini-album 'ASYLUM'. Read more

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British progressive quartet TALANAS are creating a 20+ page digibook CD version of their new acoustic mini-album 'ASYLUM'.

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NEW ADDITION - HELP US GET TO £1,500 TO ADD A DVD!

If our pledgers are good enough to allow us to reach a further £500 beyond our goal, we will add an additional DVD disc to the package.  Containing promo videos, behind the scenes footage, documentaries and insights into the process, production and inspirations behind the album, this should be quite an eye opener!

Here's our video to put you further in the picture:

WHO WE ARE

TALANAS are a British progressive quartet based in London with three releases to their name since 2010, all of which have been distributed worldwide via their own record label, Eulogy Media.

Dubbed “The Gentlemen of Death Metal” by Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine, TALANAS have become known for providing a distinguished slant on occasionally unlikely musical ingredients.  In particular, in 2011 The Guardian newspaper declared that TALANAS had been "overlooked" for a Mercury Music Prize in relation to their first full length album, 'the waspkeeper'.

A full biography, in PDF form, can be found via this Dropbox link.

TALANAS - 'ASYLUM'
TALANAS - 'ASYLUM'

ASYLUM - AN ACOUSTIC MINI-ALBUM

With this fourth, new release the group now open a window onto their sound when their amps are turned off.  Still utilising their full dynamic range of seven string electric (and acoustic) guitars & basses together with drummer Joe Butterworth’s custom, four kick drumkit, the band also worked with hammered dulcimer expert Tim Manning (on ‘my lady white’) and fellow Eulogy Media artist Beth Ryan (on ‘the apostle’).

Recorded at London’s Berry Street Studio, the self produced mini-album’s five songs concentrate on Britain’s rich history of supernatural and occult-based tales of murderous hauntings, possession, witchcraft & insanity. Calling on influences such as Fields of the Nephilim, David Sylvian & Einstürzende Neubauten, it also marks the group’s concerted effort to explore different approaches to songwriting, as frontman Hal Sinden explains:

“Though rooted in extreme metal, TALANAS has always been about creating specific atmospheres regardless of the genre of the result. In this instance, we wanted to make sure we could still invoke the same esotericism without having to rely on volume and distortion, especially since James sodding Blunt has come back out of retirement, whilst getting a chance to work with some truly great guest musicians.”

The mini-album became available digitally from February 22nd 2014 (available for trial & purchase via Bandcamp, here) through Eulogy Media (Rannoch, Dām, interlock), and will shortly be accompanied by a blood-soaked promo video for lead track ‘sister damnable’, a preview for which can be seen here:

WHAT'S NEEDED

Despite 'asylum' now being available through all good digital outlets (Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon etc.), there appears to be a strong demand for a physical version.  The reign of the jewel case is over, so now the only reason to 'go to press' with a hard copy would be if it's really something worth keeping...

After some research and good, old fashioned bartering between various duplication outlets, the band have found an opportunity to commission a run of digibooks that will feature the album in full in a CD format.  Each would have no less than 20 pages in its inner booklet (containing lyrics, credits, thanks lists and additional information about the album's creation & themes) and the outside binding will be made from high quality, 1200gsm colour card.  

The design itself has been created by the band to stand as a collector's item as well an introductory piece for those less accustomed to their usual level of extremity.  Alongside the printing costs, it requires a relatively small amount of further financial help to complete final aspects such as photography and additional imagery work.

With a goal of £1,000 for this project to come to fruition, TALANAS are confident that this could be easily reached.  Should the goal be exceeded, there are also a series of plans (depending on by how far!) to incorporate as extras to the package.

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Risks and challenges

Thankfully, given the nature of the project, there are few obstacles that we anticipate coming up against. However, they still exist and include:

DUPLICATION DELAYS
- we're provided with a pretty solid guarantee for a swift turnaround on this run of digibooks (a few weeks at worst), however there is a contingency of other plants that can be considered

TECHNOLOGICAL MISHAPS
- computers blow up, it's a thing. Thankfully, friends can also help with this sort of calamity.

MODEL AVAILABILITIES
- there are specific images planned for additional artwork. Luckily though, being rather nice chaps, talanas have a few good looking friends that can step in at the last minute where cancellations have occurred.

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    - digital copy of 'asylum' - physical digibook copy of 'asylum' - your real name in the official thanks video - your real name on the thanks page of the physical digibook of 'asylum' - exclusive signed A5 colour poster - either a) a framed, handwritten page of the lyrics of your chosen song from 'asylum' or b) a framed, handwritten single page of guitar notation of your chosen song from 'asylum'

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    - digital copy of 'asylum'
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    - your real name in the official thanks video
    - your real name on the thanks page of the physical digibook of 'asylum'
    - high tea with the band at Yumchaa Camden Town (specific date to be arranged by mutual agreement)

    NB: talanas are not responsible for your travel to / from any organised reward events.

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    - digital copy of 'asylum'
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    - your real name on the thanks page of the physical digibook of 'asylum'
    - high tea with the band at a prestigious central London hotel / venue (venue chosen by talanas, specific date to be arranged by mutual agreement)

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    - digital copy of 'asylum'
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    - high tea with the band (venue chosen by talanas, specific date to be arranged by mutual agreement)
    - spoken word recording of an established text by Hal Sinden (text decision by mutual agreement, provided in WAV form for your own use)

    NB: talanas are not responsible for your travel to / from any organised reward events.

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    - digital copy of 'asylum'
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    - high tea with the band (venue chosen by talanas, specific date to be arranged by mutual agreement)
    - your real name recorded, as spoken by the band, to appear reversed as part of an invocation on the next full length talanas album 'daylight' (release date may be subject to variables)

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    - digital copy of 'asylum'
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    - your real name in the official thanks video
    - your real name on the thanks page of the physical digibook of 'asylum'
    - spoken word recording of an established text by Hal Sinden (text decision by mutual agreement, provided in WAV form for your own use)
    - your real name recorded, as spoken by the band, to appear reversed as part of an invocation on the next full length talanas album 'daylight' (release date may be subject to variables)
    - a private live performance by talanas for you (and up to three of your friends) at Berry Street Studio (specific date to be arranged by mutual agreement, setlist to be chosen by band) followed by drinks with the band & present crew

    NB: talanas are not responsible for your travel to / from any organised reward events.

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    - digital copy of 'asylum'
    - physical digibook copy of 'asylum'
    - your real name in the official thanks video
    - your real name on the thanks page of the physical digibook of 'asylum'
    - spoken word recording of an established text by Hal Sinden (text decision by mutual agreement, provided in WAV form for your own use)
    - your real name recorded, as spoken by the band, to appear reversed as part of an invocation on the next full length talanas album 'daylight' (release date may be subject to variables)
    - a private live performance by talanas for you (and up to three of your friends) at Berry Street Studio (specific date to be arranged by mutual agreement, setlist to be chosen by band) followed by drinks with the band & present crew
    - your photograph (taken at Berry Street Studio & treated by the band) & your real name to appear on your own designated page on the physical digibook version of 'asylum', listed as 'Prime Benefactor' (specific date & appearance to be arranged by mutual agreement)

    NB: talanas are not responsible for your travel to / from any organised reward events.

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Funding period

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