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The new (double) album is finished and it's a monster! Time to press it to vinyl and release it into the wild—that's where you come in!
The new (double) album is finished and it's a monster! Time to press it to vinyl and release it into the wild—that's where you come in!
The new (double) album is finished and it's a monster! Time to press it to vinyl and release it into the wild—that's where you come in!
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SWALE's new record is ready — "There's No One Here"

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Funded faces photo by Shem Roose
Funded faces photo by Shem Roose

 

We've got 3 more days on this Kickstarter and a lot of big ideas. If we raise over $13,000, we'll be able to give an additional record to all our backers who have contributed $30 or more!! 

An exclusive 10" colored vinyl EP of some super special music. Something like the picture below, only not the band Rush and not this art...so basically, not really like this at all, but kind of sort of a little bit:

Imagine something like this but totally different
Imagine something like this but totally different

So if you haven't pledged yet, now's the time! 

And if you already have, tell your friends and family and passing acquaintances! Increase your current pledge! Or get wild and do both!!

Exciting times! Thank you again for everything!

...we just finished our new album and it's a big one—over an hour long, which means it will be a bona fide, real deal, honest-to-goodness double album (!!). That's right, this thing's going to have TWO RECORDS up its sleeve. And that's why we're doing this Kickstarter: to raise the funds needed to press the album to vinyl!

The album's title? There's No One Here. I know, right?? (⊙.⊙)

Now, people say this all the time, but we genuinely mean it: this is our best album yet. (Be sure to check out the song clips in the weird sensationalistic video up above.) We're really proud of this album and super excited to get it into your hands!

Once again, we had the privilege of recording at Stu Stu Studio with our pal Ryan Power, who is simply the best of the ultra-best. He makes everything taste better. 

And as if that wasn't enough, a bevy of barrel-busting guests collaborated with us on this project, namely: Andrew Moroz (trombone), Kalmia Traver (saxophone), Bryan McNamara (saxophone), Brett Lanier (pedal steel), Matt LaRocca (viola), and a handful of kids.

The album is already mastered and it sounds sweeter than maple syrup—which, as Vermonters, means a lot!—thanks to Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering

Another thing we're simply giddy about is that the vinyl is going to be pressed locally—right here in Burlington—by our kickass comrades at Burlington Record Plant!!

Design guru and crusher-of-marathons, Andrew Lakata, who was responsible for the next-level aesthetics of The Next Instead, will be pulling all the strings together and tying it up into a mouthwatering piece of tangible beauty, featuring the breathtaking photography of Shem Roose and Michael Heeney

Here, check out this Sinéad O'Connor song we recorded during these sessions (it's not on the album):

 

So yeah, this is where you come in! With your help, this campaign will take all the awesome stuff mentioned above and turn it into a vinyl reality: a beautiful double album that's as much a joy to listen to as it is to look at and hold

You can think of this as essentially a pre-order, only it's a pre-order with loads of sweet amenities. A pre-order on steroids.

Three years ago, we ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund the pressing of our album The Next Instead, and the response was tremendous—the project was fully funded in 30 hours and went on to raise more than 2x what we'd asked for! We were blown away!! All the additional money went directly into beefing up the project, most notably adding a second LP of remixes by some of our favorite artists and friends, such as Zack Martin, Ryan Miller, tooth ache., Paper Castles, Jason Cooley, and Greg Davis.

And we are so very pumped to do this all again!!!

Check out this collage of pictures from people stoked on what we sent them!

Some of our happy funders!
Some of our happy funders!

 

 

All the Old Stuff?

Every pledge of $25 or more receives digital downloads of all of our albums! Not just the new album, There's No One Here, but all our previous releases: three full length albums (The Next Instead, Direct Inbreds, A Small Arrival) and three EPs (Kiss Mess, Waterlanding, Verdigris)—that's a lot of music!!!

3 full lengths + 3 EPs
3 full lengths + 3 EPs

The T-Shirt?

Take a look at what our friend Sarah Letteney cooked up for us. Fact: this is the best t-shirt design since FRANKIE SAY RELAX! Our friends at SunOfABirch Screenprinting will be printing these on luxuriously soft shirts from Bella + Canvas. They'll be available in both men's and women's style tees.

Can't wait to wear this!
Can't wait to wear this!

Screenprint?

We're not sure what the art will be yet, so we can't show you what it's going to look like. We can tell you that they're going to be hand-printed by us at Iskra Print Collective. We can tell you they'll be numbered and signed. And look, we can show you what the screenprint we did for the last campaign looked like:

On the wall, thumbs up
On the wall, thumbs up

Potluck?

Don't worry, it will NOT look like this...or will it?

If a food tree falls in the forest...
If a food tree falls in the forest...

 

Swaleoke? 

Swale + Karaoke = SWALEOKE

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And you look good doing it!
And you look good doing it!

Camping Adventure aka Swalmping?

Swale + Camping = SWALMPING

The Swalmping Vision Board
The Swalmping Vision Board

Recording Session?

This could be you!

Microphone check
Microphone check

Bragging Rights?

Here's a rough prototype of the official certification: 

Very frameable!
Very frameable!

 

Talk about videos, our band's got 'em! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We've already recorded, mixed, and mastered the record, and the album art is THIS CLOSE to being finished—it's safe to say we've minimized potential obstacles and mishaps that could delay this project. However, we would be dumber than we look if we told you that we were certain that nothing will go wrong.

What we are certain of is that (a) if anything happens to slow down the process we'll tell you immediately, and (b) if this campaign gets funded, this thing is happening NO MATTER WHAT.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Download the New Album

    Digital download of our brand new double album, THERE'S NO ONE HERE.

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    Download Everything We've Got

    Digital downloads of our *ENTIRE CATALOG*, including our brand new double album, THERE'S NO ONE HERE.

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    * THE NEW RECORD! *

    Get the thing: VINYL of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory (includes digital copy). You also get downloads of the rest of our catalog + a Hear More Swale sticker, too.

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    NEW RECORD + FIRST CD

    Vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + CD of our first album, A Small Arrival, in a limited edition cover lovingly screen-printed by hand + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.

    Includes:
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    NEW RECORD + T-SHIRT

    New kickass Swale t-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.

    Includes:
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    NEW RECORD + PREVIOUS RECORD

    FOUR SLABS OF VINYL TOTAL!
    Vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead (includes additional vinyl of remix album, Direct Inbreds) + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.

    Includes:
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
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    BOTH RECORDS + FIRST CD

    Vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.

    Includes:
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
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    BOTH RECORDS + T-SHIRT + CD

    New kickass Swale t-shirt + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.

    Includes:
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
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    RECORDS + SCREENPRINT + T-SHIRT + CD

    A numbered edition screenprint made/signed by Swale + T-shirt + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.

    Includes:
    • Numbered screenprint by Swale
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
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    ALL THAT STUFF + A TEST PRESSING

    One of only 10 test pressings of the album + limited edition screenprint + T-shirt + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.

    Includes:
    • 1 of 10 Test Pressings
    • Numbered screenprint by Swale
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    ALL THAT STUFF + A POTLUCK

    We come to your place** armed with food, jokes, your rewards, and good vibes, and then we have ourselves a good old fashioned potluck!

    You also get a limited edition screenprint + T-shirt + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.
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    **must be within an hour's drive of Burlington, Vermont**

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    • Numbered screenprint by Swale
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival - 2012 (digital)
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    ALL THAT STUFF + SWALEOKE

    We come to you** with a boatload of fun covers for you to sing to and throw a Swaleoke party (see video on left).

    You also get a limited edition screenprint + T-shirt + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.
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    **must be within an hour's drive of Burlington, Vermont**

    Includes:
    • Swaleoke party!
    • Numbered screenprint by Swale
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
    • Digital downloads of all the old stuff
    • Hear More Swale sticker
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    ALL THAT STUFF + CAMPING ADVENTURE

    Some may call it "glamping" but we call it SWALMPING! You and yours + us and ours spending a night together in one of Vermont's beautiful state park campgrounds! There will be marshmallows and campfire songs and cowboy coffee! Very Instagrammable!!

    You also get a limited edition screenprint + T-shirt + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.

    Includes:
    • Camping Adventure, aka SWALPING!
    • Numbered screenprint by Swale
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
    • Digital downloads of all the old stuff
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    ALL THAT STUFF + RECORDING SESSION

    Got a song you want to record? Need a backing band for a thing you got? Holding on to a poem that needs a soundtrack? Been itching to jam with Swale and lay it to tape (well, digital files)? Well, itch no more! Get a day in a super-legit, professional studio** with SWALE as your collaborator, conspirator, consultant, and co-pilot!

    You also get a limited edition screenprint + T-shirt + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.
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    **We already have the studio chosen, so you'll need to come to the Burlington, Vermont area for this one. But holy smokes, it'll be so worthwhile!**

    Includes:
    • Recording session with SWALE!
    • Numbered screenprint by Swale
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
    • Digital downloads of all the old stuff
    • Hear More Swale sticker
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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    ALL THAT STUFF + BRAGGING RIGHTS

    You get a very frameable, very official-looking document certifying that YOU ALONE OWN THE BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR SINGLE-HANDEDLY FUNDING THE ENTIRE CAMPAIGN!

    You also get a Swaleoke party** + limited edition screenprint + T-shirt + vinyl of the NEW RECORD in all its double album glory + vinyl of The Next Instead/Direct Inbreds + CD of A Small Arrival + downloads of our entire catalog + Hear More Swale sticker.
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    **ok, so for $10K, we guess it can be a little farther than an hour's drive from Burlington, but let's not go crazy, all right? We're talking about you, Oklahoma, Indiana, etc.**

    Includes:
    • Bragging Rights
    • Certification of said Bragging Rights
    • Swaleoke party!
    • Numbered screenprint by Swale
    • T-shirt designed by Sarah Letteney
    • There's No One Here (vinyl + digital)
    • The Next Instead / Direct Inbreds (vinyl + digital)
    • A Small Arrival (CD)
    • Digital downloads of all the old stuff
    • Hear More Swale sticker
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