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Hoping to release our new album "Leaving My Waiting Room" by the new year!

First and foremost, thank you for checking out our project!

We're a group of friends in a band, and we all have an avid love for writing and performing music; our goal is to fund a portion of our next album for a swift physical release. We understand the only way this will work out is 100% by your support, and while we don't quite have the money to package everything how we imagined until next year in April, Kickstarter will give us the opportunity to finish the album in half that time, and come up with rewards that are only available through pledging!

Sunlight Ascending is our band, and we've been making music together since 2007. Over the years we have played over 200 shows and counting, including a few self-booked tours, and we've had the pleasure of releasing one full-length CD and two EPs along the way. We also have music featured on several compilations and in a few small films, but we have plans to take all of these things to a greater level with our next record!

We are, for the most part, an all-instrumental band. While our songs have personal meaning to us, we like leaving it up to the listener to come up with their own interpretation. We love what we do, and we hope it brings a little more attention, inspiration and positivity in the music world, where we like to keep things honest, interesting, and most of the time, free!

Speaking of free... all of our past albums are available to download on our Bandcamp!

The new album has 12 songs, which are being recorded by our friend and producer, Carl Kondrat, at his home studio Mind Vine Media. The collection of songs we're recording are the product of 5 years in the making; we wrote half of them this year, and the other half are ideas that branch off to our earliest beginnings; some of which never saw the light of day because up until now we didn't have the experience or proper means of making them sound how we imagined. All together we feel they're a bit more ambitious than what we originally planned on writing as a younger band.

Listen to our new track, "They're Lonelier on the Outside":

We're very proud of these new songs and hope they meet some long-awaited expectations after being silent for the past year and a half. We want to have a nicer package than anything we previously put together, so with your help we can easily have the album out on CD by the new year, and then on vinyl shortly after!

And that's where you come in - any money you contribute will help us complete the last few steps of releasing our record. Here are a few of the things that your donations will enable:

  • You'll help us finish recording the album by mid-November.

  • We'll have the funds to release a Digi-Pak version of the album by the end of December, and then an LP version by March, 2013.

  • To go along with the album, you will receive some of the many exclusive rewards pictured below.

  • We will be able to focus more attention on getting a new van and equipment so we can tour a whole bunch next year!

Check out some of the rewards...

If the project is successful, we will be able to release Leaving My Waiting Room as a Digi-Pak CD (limited to 1000), and as a 12" LP (Limited to 200, and planning on doing two different colors)

Front and back cover artwork.
Front and back cover artwork.

And you get this screen-printed poster (24x17 size canvas):

The poster is limited to 150. Whatever we don't sell here will eventually be available at live shows... same goes for the shirt design below!

Limited to 150. Available in light blue and black.
Limited to 150. Available in light blue and black.

And there's more! There's also a live album in the works...

As part of the exclusive items in our project, we will record a 7-track live album complete with hand-packaged artwork - limited to 100 copies. We'll pick a nice live-setting and record new and old material, plus some things we'll only do for the album! This is scheduled for a February release, and will ship with vinyl. We have several tracks already in mind, but there will be updates on what other songs will be included, and how you can help us choose them! Follow us on tumblr for more updates on this!

Finally, for orders $100 and up, you will receive each of our previous hand-packaged albums, which are pictured below:

SHIPPING INFO!

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS will be received on December 20th (this does not include Reward #2, which will be December 3rd)
DIGI-PAK CDs will be shipped AFTER Christmas
LPs
will be shipped mid-March
POSTERS
will be shipped December 20th
T-SHIRTS
will be shipped AFTER Christmas

All physical orders over $10 will include the following STICKER!

It's much smaller than this!
It's much smaller than this!

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The amount needed to finish our album and physically put it out is $7000. This is to release it on a minimal DIY scale. It would be ideal, but less realistic to fund the entire production through Kickstarter, so we hope to fund around half of it. Included are the costs of recording, mixing and mastering ($2000), the cost to press one thousand CDs ($1000), and then a limited vinyl run (200 LPs for $3000). Other things to take in consideration are shipping costs and the rest of the rewards ($1000), which are things we're currently funding ourselves. We hope to make at the very least $3000, which will leave us very able to fund everything else as planned, so we can cover the most expensive part; packaging the album and LP. Having this project succeed will instantly cut the time in half for it to be completed!

Being a DIY band, we're not out there expecting to make a bunch of money playing music. In fact, we're willing to put money into it simply because we want to have a finished product that we're proud to hold in our hands. $3000 is still a large sum for anyone to ask for without proper grounds, and that's why several of the prizes are exclusively available through this website. Without Kickstarter, we'll still be able to complete funding for the album by the end of January and release it digitally, but it won't see a physical release until April 2013. So this project is essentially about getting this music out to you much quicker and with a nicer package.

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    On December 20th, the first 25 people to donate $1 will receive a digital download of "Leaving My Waiting Room" in its entirety!

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    Just like the first pledge, you get a digital version of the album, but you'll get it before anyone else does (December 5th)! This pledge includes a PDF file with high-resolution album artwork.

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    You will get reward #2, plus the Digi-Pak CD and a limited addition vinyl version of "Leaving My Waiting Room", which is scheduled for a mid-March release date. The other rewards will reach you sooner!

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    You will get reward #2, plus the Digi-Pak CD, a limited addition vinyl version of "Leaving My Waiting Room", the hand-packaged live album and a personal thank you letter, all of which will be signed by us!

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    You get everything included in reward #9, and a HUGE thank you! Plus, we'll add another LP onto it (in case we decide to do two different colors, you can get both this way), and you get the hand-packaged versions of "All the Memories, All at Once", "You Don't Belong Here" and "The Appointment". You will also be thanked in the liner notes!

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    How about this one! You get everything included in reward #10, plus we will write, record, and name a song about a profound experience in your life! All you have to do is give us the story, and we'll take it from there. After completion, you and you alone can hear this track, but with enough backers we might be able to do a whole EP of songs. Feel free to email us about more details! This could get interesting, so let's make it happen!

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    You are insanely awesome. You get everything in reward #10, plus we'll drive out to wherever you may reside and we'll play a radical show in your garage/basement/living room/kitchen (or bar), free to all your friends and whoever you invite. We can probably do Midwest/East Coast only, but there's always a chance of working something else out!

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    The pledge of all pledges! There's no way we could properly explain how much this would be mean to us, but we will try our hardest! To go along with everything that has already been mentioned above (and that means everything!), we'll make it a point to get you on the guestlist for any show you ever want to see, and we'll make sure you get free merch for whenever something new comes out (music, t-shirts, posters, etc.). Please email us at sunlightascending@yahoo.com for more info on this pledge!

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