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Envelope Peasant & the Scientific Orchestra are recording their collective indie folk chamber pop sounds!

Envelope Peasant and the Scientific Orchestra have invented our own genre of music. We would like to make a CD so you can help decide what that genre should be called.  Let us first dispense with the matter of what is an Envelope Peasant or a Scientific Orchestra…

Envelope Peasant & the Scientific Orchestra is Sean Harrasser (the Peasant) on guitar; Texas (Melissa Patterson), cello and violin; Andy Olson on piano; and Spencer Holmes on the upright bass. They wander between various Chico homes with their acoustic instruments weaving stories out of sounds.

We started recording an album last June, and have not been able to finish due to a lack of funding. We have been playing shows and feverishly rehearsing our new songs for the studio.

We are grateful for your consideration of this project. The money we raise through Kickstarter will be used for the following:

·        Recording at Origami Lounge with Scott Barwick
·        Mixing and mastering
·        Pressing and packaging CDs
·        Epic CD Release Show in May

Music means so much to all of us and we really appreciate your support. The first Envelope Peasant album was titled “Next Year Will Be Beautiful”, and we are making sure that the title rings true by releasing this CD.

About us:

Envelope Peasant & the Scientific Orchestra began as the “solo” persona of Harvester frontman Sean Harrasser. A rotating cast of supporting musical friends from Chico and Portland soon evolved into the Scientific Orchestra. Envelope Peasant & the Scientific Orchestra is Sean Harrasser (the Peasant) on guitar; Texas (Melissa Patterson), cello and violin; Andy Olson on piano; and Spencer Holmes on the upright bass. They wander between various Chico homes with their acoustic instruments weaving stories out of sounds.

Sean Harrasser has been writing and playing music for over three decades with bands such as the Vertels, Harvester, and Dearest, Crown. Over the years, he has been a Geffen recording artist, has toured throughout North America and has recorded a large volume of music. He has shared the stage with countless more illustrious acts (Pavement, The Flaming Lips, Archers of Loaf, Smashing Pumpkins, Simon Joyner, Horse Feathers, to name-drop a few). Yet he has stayed under the radar through most of this, and more and more this humbling journey has come to suit him. Recently, a newly-discovered musical community of highly talented comrades has inspired him to return to the active musical fold.

Since the Envelope Peasant relocated from Portland, Oregon to Chico, California the Scientific Orchestra has solidified like a batholith into an acoustic quartet that easily wanders between frolicking and introspection. Sean first met Texas at an open mic in downtown Chico, and soon a blue cello with flowers showed up. Spencer and Andy accidentally wandered into the Orchestra at different musical parties that involved pouring whiskey into firepits. Their sound has developed from a strong friendship and from a longing to create beautiful things using simple elements. We hope you will stop in on occasion to see how the Scientific Orchestra’s musical journey is progressing.

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    You will be thanked by having four mp3s from the debut CD "Next Year Will Be Beautiful" emailed to you!

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    Thank you for your pledge. A signed copy of our new CD will be given, & four mp3s from the debut CD "Next Year Will Be Beautiful" will be emailed to you!

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    With your $20 pledge, a signed copy of our new CD will be yours, as well as a download of the full debut CD “Next Year Will Be Beautiful” (28 songs!).

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    For your support, you will get a signed copy of our new CD plus a download of the full “Next Year Will Be Beautiful” release (28 songs!), and a personally decorated pet rock from Spencer, the band geologist!

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    $40? You shall be in receipt of all the above-mentioned rewards... and a pair of tickets to our CD release show in May!!

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    Wow! Thank you for the $50! You will receive all of the $30 rewards, plus a pair of tickets to our CD release show in May & a jar of homemade yummy-ness from Texas (Melissa Patterson)!

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    We know $100 is very generous, so we would like to offer you all of the above rewards plus your own personal watercolor pencil artwork of your favorite Scientific Orchestra song!

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    Since you just parted with 200 hard-earned dollars, not only will you receive the above-mentioned rewards, but you will receive your very own private house show with dinner & dessert made by the band! (Pledges for those living outside an eight hour drive from Chico, California should provide transportation costs for the private show.)

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    $500 pledge!? Not only will you recieve all of the above rewards, including the private house show with dinner, but you will also you will be personally guided to the summit of Brokeoff Mountain in Lassen Volcanic National Park by members of the band (other alternate peaks will be considered), and a song of your choosing performed & recorded by the band!

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    The Texas Pledge Reward Package: everything above... and Texas’s original artwork from the album & a custom-decorated original Texas washboard!

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    The Sean Pledge Reward Package: everything above... and Sean’s one-and-only “I Recycle Boys” t-shirt (women’s small) & a framed original watercolor pencil drawing by Sean!!

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