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Ryvoli is recording their debut EP with dream producer, Chris Jacobie.
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Be The First To Hear Ryvoli's Self-Titled, Debut EP

Hey friend! Jenn and Sam here. We're sitting in our favorite hometown coffee spot, highly caffeinated, and extremely excited to tell you all about what we've got brewing. If you hang on to the end, we'll tell you how you can get some cool things and help us out in the process!

If you're reading this, it probably means that in some form or fashion, you've been a part of our journey in the last year and a half since we started writing music. You've encouraged us, bought tickets to shows, told friends about our songs, and shared your story with us. Above music, we value friendships and any experience that connects us to other human beings. These 5 songs that we've written, played for you, and are now recording have all been a means to relating to and knowing you: the listener.

The Beginning

Let us back up a little and tell you how this all got started in the first place. We met January 2016 in Paris, France working for the same non-profit organization. After realizing our mutual obsession with music, we spent countless late-night hours making music in Jenn's apartment. It felt like musical matrimony on all levels. The short version of this story is that we both eventually moved to Jenn's hometown in Lexington, Kentucky during the fall of 2016. Never having had ambitions of pursing music before meeting each other, we started writing music together and gave ourselves the name, Ryvoli, in homage to the well-travelled Parisian street, Rue du Rivoli. Since the start, we've been making music inspired by artists like The Civil Wars, Bon Iver, and The Swell Season.

The Middle

Fast forward to the beginning of 2018. This past fall we were able to record with our dream producer, Chris Jacobie (Penny & Sparrow). After spending a magical week in Texas with Chris and our talented friend and cellist, Seth Murphy, we came home with three songs that we are truly proud of.

Despite having written over 10 songs this past year, we chose to only record three because it was all we could afford at the time. After heeding the advice of mentors and friends far more knowledgeable than us about the music world, we were encouraged to record at least two more songs in order to release the project as a 5-song EP.

These songs are a reflection of the physical and spiritual transitions we have gone through in the past two years. They are our best attempt at grappling with the mental torment a human must face when they open themselves up to overt questioning.

The End

To complete this project, it's going to cost about $9k. We've already invested $5k of our own money but need your help to cover the rest!

If you'd like to help us complete this goal, keep reading to learn how you can support us. Every donation earns you one of our hand-tailored gifts, and we're so excited to give them to you!

Once we hit the deadline and meet our goal, you’ll be awarded a gift corresponding to the amount of your donation.

We must reach our entire goal of $4k by February 3rd, 2018.

If we don't, you unfortunately won't get the package you ordered. (Don't worry though, if we don't reach our goal, Kickstarter won't charge your credit card.)

So, to ensure you get your prizes, after you've ordered, please share this page with your friends!

We realize for you to help fund something you have yet to listen to, you are taking a risk on us. For that, we thank you. We hope to get all five songs into your hands by Summer, 2018.

Thank you so much for caring about this project and being a part of its completion!

Jenn & Sam

Risks and challenges

If we don't reach our goal, we won't be able to finish our EP the way we'd like to.

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    Ryvoli EP Digital Download

    Give us a few dollars, and we’ll give you a code to download the entire project!

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    ✕ Handmade Album - Designed and Signed

    Since we won’t be printing mass copies of this EP, we will hand-burn, design, and sign CD’s for every person who wants a physical copy. We’re not great at art, so whatever the design is, it will probably be something you can use to make fun of us in the future.

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    ✕ Roots T-shirt

    This t-shirt was designed by our friend, Cheng-Ying Zoe Wang (Banban). We gave her the lyrics, audio file, and meaning behind our song Roots and gave her free liberty to create an image based on those three things. This is what she came up with, and we think it’s pretty kick ass.

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    Signed Handwritten Lyric Sheet

    Here’s your opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind piece of art: a handwritten lyric sheet from one of five songs on the EP.
    Sam’s handwriting sucks, so Jenn’s going to handle this one. Jenn is also the better guitarist, which is why we’ve limited this item to 30 orders. Any more than that, and we risk carpal tunnel.

    Carpal tunnel = no Jenn on guitar.
    No Jenn on guitar = bad music.

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    A Meal at Our House!

    Second to making music, we LOVE to cook, bake, and host people for dinner! If you sign up to invest this much in our project, we will host you for dinner in our home, or come to yours if you live far away (date will be carefully negotiated if distant traveling is involved). If you live SO far away that traveling isn’t possible (like Mongolia or some other foreign land), we’ll give you one of our favorite recipes, Skype you as we all cook it together in our separate homes, and virtually sit down to eat and continually recover from awkward silences brought about by internet lag.

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    Merch Bundle

    Since we won’t be printing mass copies of this EP, we will hand-burn, design, and sign CD’s for every person who wants a physical copy. We’re not great at art, so whatever the design is, it will probably be something you can use to make fun of us in the future.
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    This t-shirt was designed by our friend, Cheng-Ying Zoe Wang (Banban). We gave her the lyrics, audio file, and meaning behind our song Roots and gave her free liberty to create an image based on those three things. This is what she came up with, and we think it’s pretty kick ass.
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    You can have your own a one-of-a-kind piece of art: a handwritten lyric sheet from one of five songs on the EP.
    Sam’s handwriting sucks, so Jenn’s going to handle this one. Jenn is also the better guitarist, which is why we’ve limited this item to 30 orders. Any more than that, and we risk carpal tunnel.

    Carpal tunnel = no Jenn on guitar.
    No Jenn on guitar = bad music.

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    Cover Song Of Your Choice!

    What’s your favorite song? Let us know and we’ll do our best to learn it and sing it in our own way. You’ll be sent a raw audio recording straight from our iPhones to listen to whenever you want!

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    House Concert

    If you invest this much in our project we will go through whatever means necessary to travel to your home and sing these songs for you and your friends.

    We love to travel and we love meeting new people, so hopefully this will be a win-win for all of us.

    After we reach our goal, we will contact you to set up a date for the show!

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Funding period

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