Spirit House is a femme-powered record label for free spirited artists founded in Portland, OR in 2016 by Johanna Warren and operated collectively by fellow musicians Monica Metzler (Forest Veil), Bella Blasko (Vellum), and Valerie Perczek (Indira Valey).
Spirit House elevates femme, queer and nonbinary voices as a counterweight to the patriarchal mainstream. We are a family of independent artists building the home we want to live in, without needing to rely on middlemen or compromising our creative freedom!
With our powers combined, we possess all the tools we need to make and distribute art on our own terms. We each bring valuable skills and resources to the table, and will work together to fulfill the functions of a traditional label.
THE SPIRIT HOUSE MANIFESTO
We make art that is meaningful, art that feeds us, art we need to live. We reject competitive individualism in favor of collective empowerment. We elevate femme and nonbinary voices as a counterweight to the patriarchal mainstream. We have no use for middlemen. We dismantle self-doubt and cultivate self-love. Art is medicine. Art is worship. We have come here to speak our truth. The time is now. The power is us.
In 2016, Spirit House will release four albums:
~* Listen to a track from each of our new records on the Spirit House Sampler EP! *~
Indira Valey, Recordar - Indira Valey is an avant garde multi-instrumentalist and performance artist who channels powerful songs that reverberate with the voices of her ancestors and speak directly to modern audiences. Her ancient-sounding, resonant voice is a force of nature, and she utilizes looping technology, effects pedals, and a unique palette of instruments (including flugelhorn, timpani, and kalimba) to create mesmerizing and memorable live performances that are ever-changing due to her spontaneous improvisational magic. Indira Valey's debut album Recordar is rich with oceanic textures and shifting soundscapes that will lull you into a soothing trance from start to finish. In Spanish, recordar means "to remember," and also "to pass through the heart." This is an album about memory, and what it means to return to yourself through your heart.
Johanna Warren, Gemini I - The third studio album by Johanna Warren, Gemini I is the first of twin albums about the blessing and the curse that is romantic love, and the heavens and hells we co-create. Each song on Gemini I will have a corresponding twin on Gemini II, linked by thematic and lyrical content, musical motifs and/or production choices. It was recorded by Bella Blasko at Dreamland, a beautiful old church nestled in the forest of Woodstock, NY. While Warren's previous albums (nūmūn , 2015 and Fates, 2014) were recorded in makeshift home studios with limited resources, Dreamland afforded Warren and Blasko a surge of creative freedom in the form of an arsenal of gorgeous vintage audio gear and a rich and varied palette of unique and unusual instruments, percussion, analog synths and electric guitars. The resulting recordings are sonically exquisite, and more fully arranged than anything Warren has previously released while maintaining the intimacy and warmth of her past work.
Forest Veil, Zoolights - Zoolights is a deeply personal album that explores the tapestry of grief, enduring love, spirituality, and resilience that is found in the unveiling process of everyday life and death. Seven days after singer/songwriter Monica Metzler's father died, she received multiple texts from his phone number that said, "Zoolights." To her, this was a reminder from her father, as well as the spirits, guides, and guardians to keep moving forwards on her path; to share her stories and gifts as a legacy while creating beauty and light from darkness and despair. Throughout this process, Metzler began a project called Death Ritual, traveling the world (to places such as Oaxaca and South Korea) to research and collect field recordings pertaining to traditional death rituals. Those recordings are interwoven between each song on Zoolights, adding another personal and visceral layer of ritual art to the album. Zoolights is the first release under the moniker Forest Veil (Metzler previously recorded under the name Moniker) and was recorded at MVM Studios in Portland, Oregon with producer/ engineer Luke Hall.
Vellum, Not So Far - Vellum is the solo project of audio engineer, producer, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bella Blasko. In the studio she has assisted artists like Feist, The National, and Bob Weir, but making her debut solo album Not So Far was an extremely insular process: she wrote, performed, recorded and mixed everything herself, completely alone. The resulting album—whose songs explore spaces between waking and dreaming, coming and going, standing and falling—sounds so intimate it feels like you're inside Blasko's head. Her compositions shine with delightfully unexpected twists and turns that are both catchy and disarming, the sweetness of her voice and melodies juxtaposed by a dark, terrifying heaviness that creeps in at points. Her brilliance as an engineer sparkles in every note as she guides you on an interdimensional sonic journey to many planets, each with its own unique geography, flora and fauna.
The funds raised in this Kickstarter will enable us to get our albums printed as physical CDs and cassettes, and to cover collective costs such as mailings, digital distribution, and administrative and legal fees to get Spirit House off the ground! We will use these funds wisely and strategically with the aim of establishing a self-sustaining cooperative business model, a biodynamic system that will continue to feed us and our Muses in the future.
Thank you for your support!
~Johanna, Bella, Monica and Indira
Risks and challenges
There is always a slight chance that the projected release date of any of our albums will be pushed back due to manufacturing issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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