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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.

THE PROJECT

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:

Limited Space Quail Tee (art by Trillian Spencer)
Limited Space Quail Tee (art by Trillian Spencer)

Buttons! (which are also made by the band)

Odd Owl Button Set (top), Owl Balloon Button Set (bottom)
Odd Owl Button Set (top), Owl Balloon Button Set (bottom)

A SIGNED, handprinted drumhead just like the one we made for Adam's kit (printed personally by Carmen herself):

Owl Lady Drumhead (art by Trillian Spencer)
Owl Lady Drumhead (art by Trillian Spencer)

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):

Psychic Lady Poster and Owl Lady Poster (comes in red/teal, blue/teal, red/green, and blue/green)
Psychic Lady Poster and Owl Lady Poster (comes in red/teal, blue/teal, red/green, and blue/green)

Original Tees (Triangle Owl Tees will NOT be reprinted so get them while they last!)

Clockwise, from top left: triangle owl in yellow, triangle owl in charcoal, spectacled owl tee in sea foam, spectacled owl tee in chocolate (Photo Credit: Erik Anderson)
Clockwise, from top left: triangle owl in yellow, triangle owl in charcoal, spectacled owl tee in sea foam, spectacled owl tee in chocolate (Photo Credit: Erik Anderson)

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!

This could be your living room... (Photo Credit: Erik Anderson)
This could be your living room... (Photo Credit: Erik Anderson)

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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    [SINGLE LOVE] Every bit helps! Enjoy the single "New Americans" off our new EP. :)

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    [DIGITAL LOVE] Pre-order a digital download of the album + digital download of either "It's the World I Love" or "Fly By Night".

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    [TRIPLE DIGITS] Digital download of all 3 albums. Plus, first 100 backers receive a special edition, numbered Owl Lady poster signed by our artist, Trillian Spencer! Whoot!

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    [BASIC T] Pre-order of a digital download of the album + a stellar Odd Owl t-shirt in one of our two original designs + an Odd Owl button set. Triangle Owl shirt will not be reprinted. Check out our chart here (http://bit.ly/VjYSHm) to mark your size!

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    [QUAILS...IN...SPAAACE] Signed copies of the album and "It's the World I Love" + our collection of 5 owl balloon buttons + a special edition Space Quail t-shirt, which will be hand-pressed by the band. You can ONLY receive this shirt if you pledge during this campaign.

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    [IT'S IN THE BAG] Special hand-printed canvas tote bag with Spectacled Owl design (see Spectacled Owl tee above). Comes with QUAILS...IN...SPAAACE package. Add some button flair to your new tote!

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    [TWO SHIRTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE] Can't make up your mind which shirt to get? Why not get two! Limited edition Space Quail tee (made ONLY for Kickstarter pledgers) + Spectacled Owl tee + Owl Lady poster + digital downloads of all three albums. (Spectacled Owl tee will be reprinted for pledgers at this level. We tell you what color ink we're getting and you tell us what color shirt you want.)

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    [THE WHOLE PACKAGE] The group's three EPs, the new album, "Fly By Night" and "It's the World I Love", all signed + Space Quail tee + a signed, original, numbered, handmade 11"x17" Owl Lady poster from our first tour (comes in red/teal, blue/teal, red/green, and blue/green) + Owl Balloon button set. Once they're gone, the first two EPs will remain out of print so grab them now if you want a copy!

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    [MUSIC 101] Want to learn how to sing for real? Now's your chance! Have a one-hour private voice lesson with Carmen in her home in San Francisco. Carmen has a BA in vocal performance, and has taught voice in the bay area to students of all ages and skill levels. Not in San Francisco? With Skype, you can have the lesson from just about anywhere in the world. Also included is THE GOODS package.

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    [WHAT'S MY NAME?] Take THE WHOLE PACKAGE, upgrade your shirt to a Limited Limited Edition 2-color Space Quail tee + YOUR NAME GOES ON THE CD. (deluxe Owl Lady Poster will be mailed in a 2nd shipment a little bit later. Shipment included in your price.)

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    [SURPRISE ME WITH ART!] A limited edition print of 50 printed by our artist, Trillian Spencer, and signed by each member of the band + Limited 2-color Space Quail t-shirt + signed CD + Owl Balloon button set.

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    [IM-'PRESS'-IVE] A signed copy of the album, and a signed, limited-edition, handprinted, 4-color silkscreen 20"x 30" poster of our last Seattle show. Great care will be taken in its shipping. ONLY 20 WERE EVER MADE. Includes signed copies of all three albums.

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    [2-FOR-1 LESSONS] Two 1-hour private music lessons with Steve! Steve teaches professionally at Byrd School of Music here in SF. Learn guitar, drums, piano, steel guitar, ukulele, you name it! In person or via Skype. If out of state, travel costs extra. THE GOODS package included.

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    [DOUBLE DATE] 4 guest passes + 4 Space Quail shirts + 4 personalized albums + your group gets to START A DANCE PARTY ONSTAGE during one of our songs on our summer tour! You meet us before the show, check out our setlist, and pick the song you want to dance to. (NOTE: will mail entire shipment to ONE address. If you want shipment split and sent to two separate addresses, please add $5 to your package)

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    [LAYING DOWN THE BEATS] Want a cool Owl Lady bass drumhead like the one Adam has in the video? Well you can get your very own limited-edition custom-made drumhead just like it, signed by the band! Drum head is an Evans BD22RB EQ3 Black 22" with or without sound hole, with yellow screenprinted ink Owl Lady image. Includes Limited 2-color Space Quail tee + signed CD + digital download of all three albums + your name on the album.

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    [LINE-ART-HEART] The original line-art from the new album cover by Trillian Spencer, FRAMED and signed by the artist and the band. Includes Limited 2-color Space Quail tee + signed CD + your name on the album.

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    [GO FOR THE GOLD] Limited edition, FRAMED, 4-color print of the album cover, personalized and signed by the band. ONLY 5 WILL EVER BE MADE. + everything in IT'S IN THE BAG package + upgrade your t-shirt to a Limited 2-color Space Quail tee + your name on the album.

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    [PICNIC IN THE PARK] You get to experience some of our favorite spots in San Francisco, which we locals affectionately dub "the city". Join two band members in the Golden Gate Park's Botanical Gardens for a gourmet picnic lunch provided by yours truly, then we take you around to some of our favorite spots in the city, by foot or by bike, your choice. Receive a special limited-run cookbook made by Carmen herself (this second edition will only have 5 copies made) + everything in WHAT'S MY NAME package. (Transportation/Lodging not included. Delivery by October 2014 at the LATEST. We'll definitely want to schedule it before then if possible.)

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    [I'D LIKE TO MAKE A REQUEST] You request the song. We come up with a thoughtful cover version. Then we head over to Light Rail Studios to professionally record it. If you are in the area, YOU GET TO COME HANG OUT WITH US IN THE STUDIO. Either way, you get a VIDEO of us recording the track. We also create a handmade case to put the finished version in and send you the ONLY copy. We'll post the digital version online for others to hear, but you'll have the ONLY PHYSICAL COPY. Includes Limited 2-color Space Quail t-shirt + Spectacled Owl tee + signed copies of the new album, It's the World I Love, and Fly By Night + deluxe Owl Lady poster made only for pledgers.

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    [NIGHT ON THE TOWN] Dinner for you and a friend at one of our favorite spots. We'll even take some photos and send you an enlarged framed group photo of the evening, signed by us. Includes a two guest tickets to any of our shows (festivals excluded), two Limited 2-color Space Quail t-shirts, two personalized copies of the new album, It's the World I Love, and Fly By Night, and two signed, deluxe Owl Lady poster made only for top pledgers.

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    [HALLOWEEN PARTY AND COVER SHOW!] You pick the band, we create a set of songs from that band to cover, and then we dress the part and perform a 60-minute set at your house! (Obviously it would be best if there were at least four people in the band selected.) Price includes trailer rental and us traveling to you within a 800-MILE RADIUS (seriously, we'll come to you!). If you live farther away, we will have to add gas surcharge of 0.19 cents per mile. We prefer to be electric but your house must be cool with the cops or we'll have to be acoustic. Includes a House Party t-shirt + everything in WHAT'S MY NAME? package + Odd Owl Button Set. (Delivery by October 2014 at the LATEST. We'll try to schedule it for this fall if it works for you.)

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