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New Album 'Amazing Grace'

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Last year was grim. Full of sadness and full of questions. I toyed with the idea of giving up, musically and emotionally resigned. Somewhere along the way I realised that its best to be fighting (not go down fighting, but keep fighting.)

In between sleeping (sorry family) and eating (sorry trousers) I spent Christmas trying to make sense of everything. I sat down with my acoustic for a few weeks and wrote. In fact I didn’t stop writing. Somehow out of this process an album was born. I have spent a great few years having fun and trying out new things, finding joy and inspiration in music. This time it was different. I was writing because I had no choice, which is unusual for me. It got a bit much.

Come the turn of the year, I got into the studio with my friend Jay and started to try and make sense of it. We have known each other for years and he was a big part of the Mannequin record, so he gets what I can be like sometimes, musically and personally. However it didn’t really feel right for the time spent making this album to be heavy. I also was very much aware of the idea of doing this album justice, If I was going to do this I should do it right.

Now for some light. You often find yourself leaning on family and friends in times of crisis, but we’d all been through enough. The process of this album has been fun. I’ve found nothing as good as spending time with your friends doing something you love. Its also nice to have a language to use when words are getting too hard. This all might sound a bit wishy washy, but hopefully some of you know what I mean.

I am so happy to have an album that represents me as I am now. Life at 27 is a bit more challenging, events and emotions are heightened with a few years on your back, both good and bad. I’ve tried my best to sum that up in 11 songs. Thankfully I’ve had the pleasure of roping in some of the best folk I know to help me make it sound more pleasant. The album is a collection of acoustic songs brought to life by a cast of friends.

The record is almost ready. It needs a mix. A 32 strong cast needs a director and we all know its best if that’s not me, as much as chaos can be fun sometimes. However this is going to cost some money. It would also be nice to pay the musicians something for their time, its a thin veil of professionalism sometimes, but its important to at least try. Ordinarily, I would look to record labels. However I’ve enjoyed seeing how the pledge process works. Both The Wolfnotes and Kate Nash have made records that are not just great, but true to them. Everything from the sound to the artwork is considered and I think its
the only way to do things. I would love the opportunity to see this album through properly, to be able to include things like photos and sleeve notes in the artwork and to listen to it sounding the way its intended (we try but its always better with outside ears.) I’m keen to try and keep this as true to the process of making the record as possible.

The song online (‘Only A Fool’) is a good indicator of where we are at with the album- its almost finished (although there is an awesome guitar part and vocal melody waiting in the wings for when we can pin folk down.) Its one of the more upbeat sides to the album, I would’ve hated to come back with something darker, although the album is a fairly balanced mix.

‘Only A Fool’ is available to download immediately for all those who order something here – just head to the ‘Updates’ page on the lefthand side.

We’ve filmed the whole thing and will continue over the coming weeks, with artwork, mixing and a few more sessions to come, we’ll be as candid as possible with the decision making process. I really enjoy watching studio documentaries and we are trying our best to make it interesting. I’d like to think we are making a series of videos worth watching online. We are also making mixtapes and podcasts to listen to on the bus or in the gym, maybe even on the sly at work. I like the opportunity to tell the whole story of this record in detail. All this will be made available during the course of the campaign as a reward when you pre-order the album.

Preordering this album will allow it to be finished. Pre ordering one of the records and cds will allow them to be manufactured without having to take into account all the deductions and pitfuls of record company budgets. It is a leap of faith paying for something that isn’t coming out for 2 months, but rest assured it will be yours to download and posted as soon as its manufactured at the end of the campaign on the 19th May. The interim period will be full of stuff that, hopefully, we can mutually agree on being interesting.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. By the nature of the internet, this means you must have clicked on a link. If that came through one of my websites (twitter, facebook etc.) then thank you for showing an interest. Be it out of curiosity or conviction, I hope you fancy taking this journey with me. Either way, I appreciate your support and thank you for caring about my music.

Sam

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CD

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CD of ‘Amazing Grace’ posted to you as soon as it’s manufactured

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

Tote Bag

Tote Bag
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A canvas tote bag

+ the album download and access to the studio log

Lucky Dip

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This item is a lucky dip where you will get ONE of the following selected at random.

Signed CD, T-shirt, a tote bag, a double 12" vinyl of ‘Amazing Grace’, a hand drawn artwork or a test pressing.

As with all other items, all pledgers will also receive the album download and access to the studio log.

Take a chance to maybe get a much more valuable item than the cost of this pledge!

Signed CD

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Signed CD of ‘Amazing Grace’ delivered to you by post as soon as it’s manufactured

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

T-Shirt

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T-shirt available in S,M,L, XL

+ the album download and access to the studio log

CD + Tote Bag

CD + Tote Bag
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CD of ‘Amazing Grace’ + a tote bag posted to you as soon as it’s manufactured

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

Disposable Camera Studio Diary

£25
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A camera full of photos from the studio. Pot luck, but taken with love! Each one will be totally exclusive and unique!

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

Instrumental Album with Handmade Artwork

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Handmade instrumental versions of the album on CD.

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

CD + T-Shirt

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CD of ‘Amazing Grace’ + a T-Shirt posted to you as soon as it’s manufactured

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

Double 12" Vinyl

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Double 12" gate fold vinyl of ‘Amazing Grace’

+ the album download and access to the studio log

Tote Bag + T-Shirt

£30
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A canvas tote bag + a T-Shirt delivered to you as soon as they are manufactured.

+ the album download and access to the studio log

CD + Tote Bag + T-Shirt

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CD of ‘Amazing Grace’ + a canvas tote bag + a T-Shirt posted to you as soon as it’s manufactured.

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

Double 12" Vinyl + Tote Bag

£40
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Double 12" gate fold vinyl of ‘Amazing Grace’ + a canvas tote bag delivered to you as soon as they are manufactured.

+ the album download and access to the studio log

Hand-written Lyric Sheets From The Album Sessions

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Hand-written lyric sheets from the album sessions plus a CD of ‘Amazing Grace’. This will be an insight into the writing process. A page of work in progress lyrics from the album. Complete with annotations scribbles and notes.

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

Double 12" Vinyl + T-Shirt

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Double 12" gate fold vinyl of ‘Amazing Grace’ + a T-Shirt delivered to you as soon as they are manufactured.

+ the album download and access to the studio log

12" Test Pressing + 12" Vinyl

£55
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Incredibly unique item where you can get the actual 12" Test Pressing of the new album ‘Amazing Grace’. Plus we will also include a 12" Vinyl of ‘Amazing Grace’ too for you to play.

+ the album download and access to the studio log

Double 12" Vinyl + Tote Bag + T-Shirt

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Double 12" gate fold vinyl of ‘Amazing Grace’ + a canvas tote bag + a T-Shirt delivered to you as soon as they are manufactured.

+ the album download and access to the studio log

Limited Edition Hand Drawn Artwork

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This will also come with a 12" new album and a CD new album.

+ the album download and access to the studio log

Remix

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I will remix your track!

+ the album download and access to the studio log.

House Show

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I will come to your house and play an acoustic gig.

Plus I will bring with me one of the 12" vinyl, a T-Shirt and a tote bag

Limited to the UK only.

+ the album download and access to the studio log

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