Greetings, I am Johan Nephente Fridell and I invite you to release of the book “Netherbird: Svensk jävla svärta”.
I have always considered Netherbird a combination of three art forms: music, lyrics and artwork, all being equally important pillars of our craft. These days album releases tend to be a mostly digital affair and that is generally a good thing: our music reaches more people than we could ever hope for in the past. But now our artwork is reduced to thumbnails and the lyrics are only available for those that go and look for them; the words are no longer in the hands of a new listener as was the case with CD:s and LP:s. All of that is fine, times change, but I want to offer something different, something extra for those that happen to really care about the words and who, just like myself, see art as an integral aspect of what Netherbird is about.
So my solution is simple: to create a thick, heavy artbook containing all the lyrics from all our releases in chronological order from the first tune we recorded to our latest album The Grander Voyage. It will be bound together with an introduction where I try to explain the vision behind the band and our music, and a closing chapter where I will reflect upon the journey we have made and where we might be going next. Nothing long, but I will take the opportunity to somehow give all these lyrical texts a context, a frame of reference if you may.
Each chapter/release also will come with a short reflection from Pontus Bizmark Andersson, my companion and co-founder of Netherbird. Since he is the main composer and producer of all these releases, he will add some insights into the creation and recording process of these singles, EP:s and albums. We have spoken countless times about doing some liner notes, so now it was time. Netherbird has always been the result of his and my endless hours of work, so I am glad to have him onboard even in this part of our creative journey.
"I have had the pleasure of not only being a part of Netherbird since the beginning but also by producing most of the releases. I have a lot of memories from endless hours spent in different studios and the amount of talent brought to the sessions by all those that have been part of the recordings. I would have lied if I would have said that its been an all easy road - both me and Nephente have bled on these rocks of creativity together with the rest of all people involved but we also grew up and matured together somewhere along this dark journey. We have never been more sure about who we are and where we are heading, and the history is the altar where our future is resting.” Pontus Bizmark Andersson
And to make this book something unique and visually stunning, I thought it to include a collection of artful imagery. Not only our own cover art collected throughout the years, but also new and original artworks created specially for this project. So I invited Stéphane Roy, a fantastic photographer and digital artist whom I have the pleasure and pride of calling a friend and now art collaborator. Stéphane has used his amazing eye and creativity to shoot 10 unique photos, each being his own interpretation of all our official release titles, and these art pieces will adorn the beginning of each chapter. To work with someone of his calibre is fantastic, and I am grateful that I managed to persuade him into investing time and creativity in this weird venture.
"It is an honor as a human being to be able to experience such a thing: the collaboration between different artists who repaint the sky from their own universes. A deep respect for Netherbird and their complex world, a true inspiration for a mind like mine." Stéphane Roy
In a way this is a crazy project: to print a book that is both rather big and rather thick is a pretty expensive endeavor. So I have decided to make it extremely limited, at least for the time being. So it will be printed in only 25 copies in this edition. I keep one, Stéphane one and Bizmark one. The remaining 22 sold for the actual printing cost. This means that I will end up losing money making it, but I do gain the pleasure have made something tangible for those that really care and who want a very special item in their possession. If it would ever be reprinted, it will be different, so this edition will be extremely rare and I hope it also serves as a bridge between the digital world and the tangible world of physical art.
The total cost of producing this book sized 10”x10” (like the fantastic vinyl middle format) with full colour photos on 10 spreads and a total of about 100 pages of lyrics on high quality paper is USD 897 (book) + USD 100 (postcards) + about 9% processing fees and kickstarter fee which makes each copy cost USD 49 + USD 15 (europe)/USD 20 (worldwide) shipping.
So this is the offer in brief: One 10”x10” hardcover art book limited to only 25 copies worldwide – a very unique collectible item. Any new edition will be different. Full and unabridged collection of Netherbird lyrics from the beginning until now 11 original artworks by Stéphane Roy as a full spread for each release/chapter along with short liner notes from Pontus Bizmark Andersson for each recording. 2x11 postcards, one for each photo from mr Roy (105x210 mm format) All 22 buyers of the first edition will be in the thank you list of the book (unless specifically not wanting to be named).
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