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I'm making a modern pop vocal album, resplendent with layers of harmony, cool and colorful instrumentation, and reflective lyrics.

I have ten original songs that I am recording with a fabulous backing band: Eugene Wasserman (Pablo Picasso, Violens) on bass, Jay Israelson (Patrick Cleandenim) on keys and synthetic beats, and Robert 'Chicken' Burke (The Duke and The King) on drums and percussion. Eric Gorman (whose credits include Herbie Hancock, Dead Prez, Twin Shadow) will engineer, co produce, and mix the record. Jay Israelson will engineer and co produce as well.

The record will have a magical, sparkly atmosphere, with lots of Phil Spector esque vocal harmonies, ethereal keyboard tones, and unusual rhythms. I aim to create a modern and unique take on a lush pop vocal record that is full of descriptive imagery, colorful and uplifting at once. I have found inspiration in recordings by Gal Costa, Francoise Hardy, The Mamas and the Papas, Linda Perhacs, Carly Simon, France Gall, The Ronettes, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Marianne Faithfull.

Your contribution will assist me in funding the actual recording process, and mixing of the album. I have funding from my record label, Drag City to get me started, but require more to complete the album the way it will sound best. I have a great team of collaborators I'm working with, and want to pay them for their countless hours spent on the project and expertise. Making a pop vocal record in this style is unusual these days for 'indie' musicians- did you know that with the majority of pop vocal records, vocals are double, triple, if not quadruple tracked (the same part recorded over itself on separate takes)? That same process was used for ‘Nothing to Lose’ the song featured in the video here. I am approaching this project as an art piece, making sure I’m working with the right materials and sonic textures.
Many thanks ahead of time for your support, and I look forward to sharing the record with you.

Yours,
Sophia


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