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The New Album from The Singer and The Songwriter

"Dreams! The Dead! Ghost! Future" - a full-length collection of original folk songs

The New Album from The Singer and The Songwriter

"Dreams! The Dead! Ghost! Future" - a full-length collection of original folk songs

$10,294
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About

For the past three years, we have played over 300 shows in 32 states and 157 different cities, and driven 72,000 miles. As we travel and explore the US by way of interstate highways, truck stops, and the couches of friends and friendly strangers, we have awakened to the beauty our own country and the myriad stories it has to tell.

Throughout this time we have been gathering and collecting images and stories and they have evolved into some of the most honest, fully-realized, and artistically cohesive songs that we've ever written.

And now we are ready to share these songs with the world...

How We Got Here

In 2014, you helped us create our debut album, What a Difference a Melody Makes. By helping us fund that album, you became an invaluable part of The Singer and The Songwriter. 

These past few years, as we have grown, and you have continued to support us: the generous friends-of-friends who have housed us; eager fans who have bought our albums, shared our music and hosted us for house concerts; and incredibly generous strangers who have welcomed us - you have all become our community and our family, and every tour, we look forward to seeing you and sharing our music and stories, triumphs and heartaches with you.

We've loved watching this community grow organically, and as we embark on our most ambitious collection of music yet, we are reaching out to you for support, inspiration, and encouragement. 

Modern Folk Songs

folk music (n.) music that originates in traditional popular culture or that is written in such a style. Folk music is typically [...] transmitted orally from generation to generation.

We’ve always had a connection to folk music because it is music about people. Throughout history, folk songs have served as documentation, a true account of our shared experiences. We have always been drawn to the humanity in these stories and how they bear witness to the truth. 

This is an album of modern folk songs, and these are true stories.

We have always had an “oral tradition” in the way we write since neither of us read or write music. We sing melodies back and forth to each other until something sticks. And through this imperfect oral tradition, the melody changes and morphs into a song. Thu will teach a song to Rachel and she will sing it back and eventually, Thu will sing Rachel’s version and Rachel will sing Thu’s version, and the final product is something wholly different than its origin. For us, that's folk music.

The Inspiration

The title for this album came from the town of McDermitt, NV - a small, “modern-day ghost town” on the border of Nevada and Oregon. There was an old abandoned shop with a sign in the window that read: Dreams! The Dead! Ghost! Future 

This intriguing series of words felt so evocative to us, and we felt that they perfectly captured the human experiences that we have been writing about in these new songs.

The Dreams... Team

Nick Luca - Producer/Engineer - We are enlisting a producer and engineer that we’ve admired for a long time: Nick Luca from Los Angeles, CA. He’s worked with Iron & Wine, Neko Case, and Calexico, and he mixed our second release, Ballads for Trying Times. His warmth, ease, and collaborative nature (as well as his multi-talented musicianship) make him the perfect person to bring these songs to life.

JJ Golden - Mastering Engineer - For our past two releases, we have loved working with JJ Golden and the team at Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA. JJ has lent his light touch, and incredible breadth of experience to our music and has contributed so much to our recordings. We are excited for him to master this album.

We will also be bringing on a drummer and bass player for this album as well as a few other musicians as needed, and we are excited to introduce them to you as they sign on for the project! 

The Timeline

In early 2020, we will join Nick in Los Angeles to track and mix 10-12 songs for this album over the course of about 2 weeks. From there, we will send the final mixes to Golden Mastering with a goal to have a completed album that's ready for release in late spring of 2020.

The Budget

We want to be transparent with you about exactly where all the funds will go for this project.

  •  36% of the funds will go to paying our producer and the studio rental 
  •  15% of the funds will go to the post-production process (i.e. mixing and mastering)
  •  15% of the funds will go to a promotional campaign for the album's release
  •  17% of the funds will go to manufacturing merchandise (CD's, Vinyl, T-shirts, and more!)
  •  8% of funds will go to the various fees from Kickstarter and Amazon
  • The remaining 9% of funds and anything over our goal will go toward making music videos, creating more great merch for you, and extra promotional efforts for the album's release.

Folk of Color

We consider our diverse cultural backgrounds (Vietnamese-American and mixed-race Mexican-American) to be unique assets in creating folk music. We are proud to carry on the folk music tradition of sharing our perspective and experience of the world through music and storytelling, and we feel that the representation of our identities as people of color in this field is important. We have always had a goal of inclusivity in our music, and we hope that through our inclusion in the folk music community, we inspire the inclusion of others as well.

Risks and challenges

Most of the songs on this album are finished and ready to record, but a few are still in the process of being written, so there is a chance that there may be a delay in completing the arrangements in order to be ready for the studio. This may push the recording process back a few weeks.

There is also a chance that post-production and mixing may take a few passes, since we want these songs to sound their best before we release them. In which case, this may delay the manufacturing of CD's and Vinyl.

We are a two-person operation - from graphic design to marketing to booking - we do it all. We have created these timelines for ourselves to be accountable, but being independent means that we are also able to adjust our timeline in order to honor the integrity of the music and the quality that it calls for. We really appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to make the best album possible!

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