We wanted to give a more specific update on the progress of the new CD and documentary as many of you have begun to inquire. First of all, thank you so much for your patience with us. This project has taken longer to complete than we originally estimated.
We began with only 2 songs previously written. Everything else we have composed in the studio over the past year. We sifted between hundreds of song ideas and chose only that which we feel to be our strongest material.
If you combine seven very creative composers, a producer with a full schedule, a videographer who travels internationally, then mix in our own national and international tour schedule, the complexity of completing this project begins to come clear! (With us, every completed work truly is a creative miracle! HA!) The good news is, we are finally so close to finishing! Not only that but we are confident this work is going to be among the best, if not heads above the best of anything we have ever created. And that is exciting!
Where we are currently in the project is:
– All filming for the documentary is complete.
- 80% of all tracking for the album is complete.
- We are now tracking vocals, strings, and final touches on the music.
- we have begun to work on album art and photography
- we have completed a music video for our first single (scheduled to be released later this month)
- we are in the planning stages of our publicity campaign to accompany the new work.
As an independent group, (meaning we are not on a record label), all of our album and touring costs comes either from our own personal investments, performance and sales income or from awesome folks like yourself who believe in us and contribute to our work.
To be quite frank, fund-raising feels a bit counter-intuitive to us, though it has become the norm of how many independent bands function. That being said, we chose not to burden our friends and fans with another phase of “crowd-funding” as we originally intended. This factor also contributes to the delayed release of our work as we have been saving toward our remaining costs.
Thanks again for your incredible patience and generosity. We are so grateful to have a community of supporters who believe in what we are doing.
Stephen Roach and the Songs of Water crew