Making pop music to their own groove, Odd Owl sets out to make a new EP, "The Call"
You funded for our new album AND our music video "The Way Home"! This is just incredible. In fact, we only have one major stretch goal left - funding the summer tour for the album!
In return for reaching this goal, we will make a on-the-road documentary that we'll ONLY share with the people who have backed this campaign. As a backer, you get to see behind-the-scenes footage of what it's like to tour as a small band. But we've only got a few hours left to make it happen!
Plus, we will NAME THE ENTIRE TOUR after the next person who pledges over $500. Your name goes up as "The _______ Tour" on all Odd Owl's flyers and posters that we use to promote the tour, as well as e-mail, social media and website posts, or anything else that mentions the name of this summer tour. This can only go to one person!
As many of you know, Odd Owl started in 2010 as a songwriting project between Carmen and Phil. We've been able to accomplish a lot in the past three years: we've written two albums together, It's The World I Love and Fly By Night, toured up and down the west coast numerous times, and had the opportunity to play with some amazing artists. Last year, we had the good fortune to add two really talented musicians to our fold: drummer Adam Wadenius and bassist/songwriter Stephen Munoz. Inspired by each other's musical talents and creative abilities, we've been able to create a musical chemistry that is truly special.
SO WHAT DOES ODD OWL SOUND LIKE NOW?
Those who know us, know our songs make you want to dance, but unlike groove-based indie electronic music, we create a groove with instruments instead of samples, creating overlapping melodies and syncopated rhythms that draw from 60s psychedelic pop to funk to south african township jive. Above it, Carmen's upfront female vocals mix an unaffected quality similar to Rita Lee with soulful stylings influenced by greats such as Bill Withers and Paul McCartney. Here's what some others have said of us:
- “Odd Owl’s brand of indie pop is centered around Carmen Caruso’s pristine female-fronting and cushioned by keyboard coos, funk hooks and buoyant drumming.” Justine Fields, SF Deli
- “With inspiration from artists: Sufjan Stevens, Os Mutantes and LCD Soundsystem, Odd Owl is able to produce some incredible new era indie music. Amazing female vocals along with chilling, rhythmic instrumentals shows off this band’s unlimited musical potential." Br00d, Neighbors Hate Us
In the last year, we've adventured down new musical pathways. As the third songwriter in the group, Steve has brought a melodic sensibility to our music that is uncommon to find these days for a bassist. Steve and Carmen have pushed the vocal boundaries of the group, creating complex harmonies that have yet to be featured on an Odd Owl album. As a drummer, Adam's fondness for dissecting micro-rhythms to create subtle changes in the beat has given a new life to old material. In the process of growing, reshaping, listening, and creating with each other, we've completely restructured our entire repertoire, and we've also been able to add three new songs to the mix too. The problem is, without any recordings, we haven't been able to promote our new sound. Until now.
This year, we want to capture our live sound as a foursome in an awesome EP for the FIRST TIME EVER. Yes, we're really excited about it. You would be too if you could hear us...but that's kind of the point right? First, this album will take two old favorites that have been redone by the group, "Radioheart" and "The Way Home" (featuring Steve on ukulele!). We also plan to record three new songs, which we're very proud of and see as a real step up in our songwriting. On top of all this comes the deadline. We're planning a late summer tour and want this album to be done by then so we can promote it during our tour.
What is an EP you might ask? EP means "extended play" as opposed to a full-length album or LP which means "long play". An EP is about half the length of a regular album, or about 25 minutes.
*(This Is Where You Come In)
We're no strangers to DIY projects. Our two previous EPs were recorded in Carmen's basement with a drum track and a microphone. Our practice space has been lovingly soundproofed with free carpet padding. We tour in our own vehicle pulling a trailer to save money. We've learned how to press our own t-shirts and posters, solder our own cables, change out amp tubes, you name it. However, there are some projects that just can't be done right without a little bit of funding.* It's time for us to step up to the next level and in order to do that, we need to make a world-class recording. And making a world-class recording doesn't come cheap.
WHAT IT COSTS
We're using our talents and other's support wisely where we can to save you money. Our rehearsal space/recording studio, Light Rail Studios, has generously given us one free day of recording which we plan to use on April 7th (thanks guys!). Carmen, our techie owl who has produced Odd Owl's last two albums, will be handling the editing and mixing. Carmen's been working with sound for 11 years and has a Master's in Electro-Acoustic Music, and yes, she's got a really nice pair of JBL speakers to mix with, too. But we still need help to pay for one more day of recording, professional mastering, album cover artwork by Trillian Spencer (amazingly talented Pacific NW College of Art illustration grad, check out the many examples of her artwork for the band below), additional musicians, and eco-friendly CD replication through Oasis Disc Manufacturing. All that comes to $8,500. And we either raise that much in 30 days on Kickstarter or we get nothing!
And Now For The Good Part...WHAT YOU GET
For pledging during this campaign, you're taking an active role in helping this project succeed, and in return we want you to feel like you've received something special. So we've been hard at work coming up with truly awesome items for you, from a fancy Halloween party to a brand new copy of the EP. Plus, ALL PHYSICAL COPIES OF OUR DISCOGRAPHY COME SIGNED. Even though digital music has taken over in this day and age, it still doesn't hold up to having a signed copy of your favorite Odd Owl album. We want to give you something that you're not going to find anywhere else in our merchandise or will never find again after this campaign. Here's some of the rewards we're offering:
Limited Edition Space Quail T-Shirts in Mens and Womens' Sizes that will only be MADE BY THE BAND for people who pledge(!). We're also going to have a second color choice voted on by backers for this shirt:
Buttons! (which are also made by the band)
A SIGNED, handprinted drumhead just like the one we made for Adam's kit (printed personally by Carmen herself):
A very limited, hand-printed 4-color silkscreen poster of our show with the Good Hurt in Seattle and original Owl Lady poster from very first tour (will not be reprinted):
Original Tees (Triangle Owl Tees will NOT be reprinted so get them while they last!)
Plus music lessons, guest tickets for life, merchandise for life (includes t-shirts!), a SF day trip w/gourmet picnic lunch, a cover song recorded and produced exclusively for you, and some really cool house parties that you'll not soon forget!
For a better idea of what's being offered in each pledge you can check our chart here:
We may not have a fancy record label, but we do have an incredible support network of family, friends and fans. It's been a true blessing to be a part of your lives and do what we do. Thank you all for your encouragement over the years and let's create something special together!
Much love to you all,
Odd Owl => Carmen/Phil/Adam/Steve
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Obviously every project has it's setbacks, but besides something happening outside our control (the disc replication company has a meltdown due to alien invasion), we feel confident that we will be able to finish this project on time. We have experience recording two previous albums and based on that experience, and we feel we have planned out enough time accordingly to get this EP done before our next tour.
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