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Matthew Ebel’s latest album shatters one wall after another.

His usual light-hearted writing shares the stage this time with more serious fare, but Cognitive Dissonance is anything but a drag. Topics like self-doubt, consumerism, and disenfranchisement are matched with equal levels of empowerment, hope, and even the humor his fans have come to expect.

As Ebel describes it, “we build walls because actually solving conflicts is difficult. In reality, though, those walls are just thin panes of glass. When that glass breaks and you actually have to figure out what you believe… that is cognitive dissonance.”

While Ebel may have dialed up the intensity of his arrangements for this release, the songs are still catchy and memorable as always. Some of the more relaxed tunes, like Coyote All Night and This Band Does Not Suck, harken back to his usual tongue-in-cheek style. On the other side of the wall are tumultuous songs about politicians, ambition, and self-image.

The name Cognitive Dissonance belies the cohesion of the album. Infusing piano and soaring vocals with loud, raw, 90’s-alternative-inspired guitar and drums brings out the best of both worlds.

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WE DID IT IN FOUR DAYS! ON TO GOAL TWO!

Believe it or not, Cognitive Dissonance is already mostly recorded and mixed! My Officer's Club has funded the initial recording and mixing for the past year.

So why raise more funds? Well, all the drum tracks were recorded in a basement… not exactly ideal. For every rock album, the drums are probably the most crucial element. Fortunately, Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studios is a master at recording and mixing drums.

I've received a high/low estimate for a full day of drum recording and the necessary mixing. I've also created a budget for the album cover and photos based on prior experience.

 

WE'VE GOT REAL GUITAR, BASS, AND PIANO NOW!

Sure, my keyboard-guitar and keyboard-bass are decent, but nothing made a bigger difference on the last album than bringing in professional instrumentalists. Matt Pompei will return on bass, and seasoned player Korozjin will lay down the guitar tracks (and will be performing with us in Texas)!

The budget for this includes increased studio time and session fees for the musicians.

 

I would LOVE to take Cognitive Dissonance back to Andrew Mendelson, the Grammy-winning engineer who mastered Goodbye Planet Earth, The Lives of Dexter Peterson, and High Orbit Saves The Pandas.

With ten tracks recorded over an entire year, the mastering engineer's job isn't an easy one. But Andrew's one of the most respected engineers in Nashville and he never fails to make my work sound exceptional.

Most importantly, if we're going to make vinyl LP's, we're going to need someone who knows how to master for vinyl. It's a big deal.

The budget is based on the mastering studio's official quote.

 

They're round, they're big, and they sound AMAZING. And this time, we've got exactly the right amount of music to fill a single LP. I've heard plenty of people asking for vinyl, but whether or not we get there depends entirely on YOU.

The budget is based on quotes from numerous vinyl manufacturers for 150-gram LP's.

 

What lies beyond the goals we envisioned? Getting the music out there. That means touring. It also means advertising, PR campaigns, and all the other horrible crap that no musician wants to do but every musician needs to do.

Whatever is left over from this campaign will be put to good use bringing Cognitive Dissonance to the world.

 

 

Let's break through some walls.
Let's break through some walls.

 

 

Risks and challenges

As always, there may be bumps. But this is neither my first album nor my first Kickstarter campaign.

For this campaign, I've limited all of the physical rewards to items that can be shipped via padded mailer or media mailer. No more shipping expensive pizza boxes overseas!

I've also utilized spreadsheets and existing Kickstarter tools to better estimate goal amounts (unlike last time).

The biggest "risk" is that we make it to the Vinyl LP goal… which is entirely new territory for me. I know that LP turnaround time can be pretty lengthy, but that's out of my control. The digital and CD versions will ship on time, followed by the big discs as soon as possible.

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    THE "I WISH I COULD DO MORE" PACKAGE

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    THE ALBUM DOWNLOAD

    You'll get the full demo download immediately, and the full album as soon as it's been mixed and mastered, before anyone else gets it! (Downloads in WAV and MP3 formats.)

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    THE SIGNED CD

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    THE SIGNED CD + A SHIRT

    You get the Demo immediately, the album when it's ready, the signed CD when they're pressed, and the official CogDis T-Shirt!

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    THE SUPER-LIMITED EDITION

    So you're SERIOUS about this album, huh? At this level you'll get a PERSONALIZED shirt (that's right, your name and a limited-edition design). You'll also get both the official AND Limited-Edition versions of the CD (same music, same autograph, totally different art package), the demo, and the early download.

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    AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW EBEL

    Well, okay, maybe not an entire evening, but you'll get a private video or audio chat (your choice) with Matthew. Or, if you're in the Boston area, he'll meet you for coffee! You'll also get the personalized shirt, the demo, the digital album, the autographed CD, AND the limited-edition CD.

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    THE VIDEO SERENADE

    Can't make it to Boston for the studio session? How about a personalized song of thanks from Matthew, performed on video just for you?

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    THE HOUSE PARTY

    Wow. Just… WOW. This calls for a celebration.

    Matthew will travel to your house, STAY in your house, and put on a concert IN YOUR HOUSE for you and as many friends as you can pack in there. The first 10 friends will get autographed limited-edition CD's. You'll also be credited in the album notes as a super sponsor!

    Of course, you'll also get the personalized shirt, the demo, the digital album, the autographed CD, AND the limited-edition CD for yourself.

    NOTES: Continental US only. We'll have to work with you to find flights and dates that will work. We will also need to either rent or borrow some equipment, possibly a vehicle if you aren't able to pick Matthew up.

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    THE CONVENTION INVASION

    At this super-patron level of support, Matthew and Runtt will come to the nearest geek convention, play a concert on their main stage, and pay for your registration. You'll get a front row seat and an exclusive after-party for yourself and up to 10 friends. Each of those friends will get an autographed limited-edition CD at the party, too. You'll also be credited in the album notes as a super sponsor!

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    NOTES: Continental US only. Obviously, we'd need to get approval from the convention and work out technical logistics, but we're good at that.

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    THE STUDIO SESSION - MARCH 8

    Join us in the studio on MARCH 8! Anyone who can travel to Boston for a day will enjoy a day at Mad Oak Studios, and may even become a part of the album! Drinks & snacks will be provided for those who want to join in.

    If we use your voice or noises on the album, you'll get a credit in the album liner notes!

    When you show up, you'll be given an even limited-er edition, personalized shirt just for the folks that were actually IN THE STUDIO. You'll also get the personalized shirt, the demo, the digital album, the autographed CD, AND the limited-edition CD.

    There's limited space, so we're only opening this up to five people with one guest each (if they want the other goodies, though, they'll need to back this project as well).

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