Small Souls – Unheard, Unseen
Small Souls – Unheard, Unseen
After 18 months of demos, tearing songs apart and putting them back together, we're ready to record our next album: Unheard, Unseen.
After 18 months of demos, tearing songs apart and putting them back together, we're ready to record our next album: Unheard, Unseen. Read more
About this project
After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, we released our first studio album the following year to critical acclaim. That album got us on the radio and launched the first of seven tours around the West Coast and Alaska. We bought a tour van (it's little, green, dented) and took some outstanding musicians on the road with us, playing festivals, bars, venues, and house concerts, and meeting a ton of great people along the way.
About two years ago, we had enough new material for our next album, so we started recording demos. We were happy with the songs and performances, but something was missing. We realized we needed a new approach, a new entrance to the songs, something fresh that would interest us as well as a broader audience. So we put everything on hold and dedicated ourselves to reworking the arrangements, tearing apart the songs and rebuilding them with different rhythms, structures, and sounds.
At first we were nervous about performing the new material because we knew the arrangements and lyrics could be challenging for some audiences. But the overwhelmingly positive reception affirmed we were on the right track. So we kept working, spending over a month on each song as we brought in new elements of rock, country, jazz, and electronic music. After 18 months of experimenting and refining, we’re ecstatic to put it all together for our second album––Unheard, Unseen.
Because the new material represents a more ambitious approach, we wanted a unique way to package the new album. Rather than copy the album to CD’s, we decided to use a 7” record cover for the album artwork and liner notes. The package will include a download card for the 12-song album along with a 7” record of two bonus songs that will only be available on vinyl. For the album art, renowned Australian artist Llael McDonald has generously donated two original paintings inspired by the title track, “Unheard, Unseen.”
But we still need to raise $7000 to cover the costs of recording, mixing, mastering, and printing the artwork along with the 7” bonus record. Here’s a breakdown of our costs:
Studio Musicians $650
Photo Shoot $250
Kickstarter Fees $650
We’ve got studio time booked in September, and we’re aiming for early 2017 to get the album in your hands. We’ve been laboring over this collection of songs, and we can’t wait for you to hear them. Thanks for supporting our Kickstarter!
**Special thanks to Aaron Lorton and Lukas Borsten for the live concert footage
Risks and challenges
The main challenge with producing this next album is scheduling. We can get the majority of the work done ourselves, but we still need to schedule studio time for the other musicians, some of whom live out of town. Once the album is fully recorded and mixed, we also need to schedule time with the mastering studio. Once that's all done, there's still a 6-8 week window to have the artwork and 7" records printed and duplicated.
Fortunately, because we've been creating demos for the past 18 months, we have a very good idea how these songs will sound before we go into the studio. That eliminates time experimenting with different parts, which can easily disrupt the schedule. We've also done so much of the footwork ahead of time (for the demos), including programming drum machine and synth sounds.
We've taken considerable time and effort mapping out this next album, and although there are bound to be snags along the way, we expect the recording time to be minimal. We've already received the artwork from Llael McDonald, so in many ways we're ahead of schedule. We'll still need to lay out the liner notes and add text to the art, but most of the big stuff is already checked off.
All that's left now is to raise enough money to pay for everything!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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