In conjunction with the release of Shearwater’s new album, The Golden Archipelago, singer Jonathan Meiburg and designer Mark Ohe have created a beautiful, full-color, 75-page, 8 x 10.5” dossier as a companion piece.
It's a visual guide to the world of the album, primarily composed of photographs and documents collected by JM from islands and other singular places around the world. Among its pages are the national anthem of Bikini Atoll, the story of a charming and fatally obsessed German aviator and explorer, notes from the daily life of a remote Aboriginal village occupied by missionaries, and photographs from an island Jules Verne considered "The End of the World," where endangered animals remain unafraid of humans. It also features production credits and full lyrics for The Golden Archipelago and its B-sides.
Images from the dossier are featured in the above video, and some beautiful sample pages can be found on the Matador blog here: http://www.matadorrecords.com/matablog/2009/12/14/the-golden-archipelago-limited-edition-dossier/
The dossier’s loose, numbered pages are perfect for spreading across a desk and poring over by the light of a single bulb. They will come packaged in a personalized, numbered, heavy-duty envelope fastened with a string tie (also found in the link above).
Meiburg and Ohe worked for weeks to compile and design the dossier, which was originally intended to accompany a special edition of the album. But the cost of printing the complete dossier at full size turned out to be prohibitive, and the band's record label - though thrilled with the result - couldn't figure out a way to make it work. It fell to the band to make the dossier available as it was originally intended.
Thus, you can obtain a physical copy of the full dossier in all its glory only by donating to this project on Kickstarter.
You'll need to pledge at least $30 in order to receive the dossier, which covers the costs of printing and shipping a single copy.
(NOTE TO OVERSEAS BACKERS: If you are outside the United States, you will need to pledge an extra $15 to whatever tier you wish to back, due to extra shipping costs for an item of this size and weight. So if you'd only like the Dossier, please pledge $45, if you'd like one of the $35 gifts, please pledge $50, $65 for the $50 tier, etc.)
There are also gifts available if you pledge over the minimum amount, which you can choose and receive for as long as our limited supplies last - first come, first serve.
The gifts include rare CDs, t-shirts, and even one-of-a-kind production notes and ephemera from the making of two SW albums.
Our target amount reflects the minimum number of copies we need to print in order to make the dossier even vaguely affordable. Any amount raised above our target will be put toward the purchase of a much-needed touring van and other necessities for keeping Shearwater on the road this year.
If you wish to receive multiple copies of the dossier, please pledge more than once. This project will close on January 31st. This will be the only time that physical copies of the dossier will be made available.
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