Musical Notes for 09 May, 2017

Welcome, all, again.  As regular readers might know, I am a passionate fan of both anime and music, and not afraid to spend just a little money when something I want becomes available.  So please let me share some good news:

To begin, Gillian Welch is releasing a vinyl pressing of her 2011 opus The Harrow & The Harvest through Acony Records, with scheduled availability in late July.  For more info about this release and upcoming tour dates, please follow this link: http://www.gillianwelch.com/news/050417/

Also, two artists whom I have championed here before are currently seeking support on PledgeMusic in hopes of bringing projects to fruition.  VV & The Void extended their campaign to fund their debut album The Upper Room, but time is drawing to a close.  Fans of electronica, goth, or related genres should really take a listen to the sample tracks!  This is some rich, enveloping sound that makes me wonder what Wagner might have wrought had he had access to today’s technology, while the spellbinding lyrics seem born straight from that sound.  Don’t cheat yourself–give this band a listen!  http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/vvandthevoid

And Fifi Rong is wrapping up another pledge drive, this time towards the release of two new singles.  But you’d better believe that she’s offering much more than that to those who support her!  You might remember that Fifi just months ago attended her first SXSW in Austin, Texas.  She says that she had a great time and met lots of wonderful, supportive people.  So why shouldn’t she meet you, now, over on her pledge page?  Fifi is EDM’s very own torch singer, something of a neon dream of vision and sound. . .oh, did I mention that I’m a fan?  Go give her a listen, and see what you think: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fifirong-2singles

Don’t worry, folks, we’ll get to more anime next time.  But these are artists whom I admire and support, and I wanted to share their current projects with you just in case you might want to participate (in whatever fashion).  But if I’ve done nothing more than introduce you to some new music, then it was still well-worth a post!  That said, I encourage you to find what you love and support it.  (That is what inspired this site. . .)

 

 

Music Notes for 07 March, 2017

Welcome, all, again.  Time does not slow merely because I do, so I sometimes find myself caught by surprise.  This morning is one of those instances.  Some while back I let it be known that the band Sapphire Solace was seeking backing through PledgeMusic for their latest album, Waiting to Breathe.  They reached their goal and released a rich, gorgeous collection of song and music in what I can only call an electro/Goth vein.  Darkly beautiful stuff!

And now a band called VV and the Void (pictured), hailing from within the same musical space, finds itself in similar position.  As of today, they have twenty-five (25) days left to complete their fund drive on PledgeMusic for their album The Upper Room [http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/vvandthevoid].  These are powerful songs couched within swirling thunderheads of music, and they need to be heard.  I’m going to do my small part to try to make that happen, both through my blog and my wallet.  Visit the link above and, if you like what you hear, consider helping them out!  I promise, it’s a great feeling to help bring a little beauty into the world–and this music possesses an almost Wagnerian sublimity.

And, speaking of approaching dates, remember that Fifi Rong’s very first SXSW performance happens in mere days in Austin, Texas.  She’ll be performing at midnight on 16 March at The Iron Bear.  Also of note, The Birthday Massacre’s new album Under Your Spell is due for release in May of this year.  They also sought fan funding through PledgeMusic and had a very successful campaign.  Merchandise, including pre-orders of the new album, is currently available at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thebirthdaymassacre2/exclusives.  So go show Chibi some love!

The Birthday Massacre

And so, for your consideration and in closing this column, I would urge those of you who are interested and able to explore crowdfunding.  Reputable and established sites such as PledgeMusic, Kickstarter, and Patreon (as well as others) offer ordinary individuals the chance to participate in bringing a bit of artistry into fruition, enriching the world in the process.  Speaking personally, I have found it to be very satisfying to watch, view, or listen to something to which I contributed.  You might, as well.