June 24, 2021

Karl Blau: crowdfunding campaign for new album

Indie musician Karl Blau has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to cover the costs for his new album. He will be backed by the musicians who played on his Introducing album and had his back on stage: Eli Moore (bass, guitar), Steve Moore (keyboards, trombone) Jon Hyde (pedal steel, guitar), Aaron Otheim (synths, keyboards) and Andrew Dorset (drums).

I’m basically starting a pre-order here to raise the money to not only press vinyl and cassettes manufacturing but also to pay for the studio, the musicians and mastering as well as the accommodations and provisions for the band. Thrilled to say right off the bat that I have nearly the same band poised for this record as we had for Introducing, my most popular release to date. This is a pre-sale and I'll be printing only a small number of records and cassettes for this first pressing. This is gonna be a very special release, the vinyl will be colorful and the tapes will be golden or purple. Chances are the 2nd pressing of this record will not be done independently and not for a while later if at all.

First off, let me tell you about the space we are recording in - The Unknown was founded in 2008 by Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie/The Microphones in partnership with Nicholas Wilbur of the then band Hungry Cloud Darkening. Eventually Wilbur took over the space and has been running it ever since producing albums by a multitude of local and national acts. The space is an ex catholic church that has a massive live room with its own built in reverb. The Unknown has it all, vintage mics and preamps, instruments, a 24 track tape machine and a beautiful mixing board to make it all come together. I've recorded a bit over the years in there producing other bands like Your Heart Breaks, LAKE and Mega Bog, but I have yet to give my own music the Unknown touch.

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