The new Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls record is on its way. A huge undertaking it shall be, but we have exciting prospects (more on this soon!) – not to mention it may be one of the coolest piano-rock albums ever made.
It looks like we’ll be doing the first round of foundation tracks (piano, drums and bass) here, Old Soul Studios (artists like Ratatat and The New Pornographers have recorded there). I’m working hard on finishing all the arranging and lyric work.
As this evolves, it seems like it will be very piano-driven. On the last couple records, I’ve been avoiding that straight piano-in-your-face sound for some reason. I think it was a subconscious aversion to all the Ben Folds comparisons. This record will actually be somewhat Ben Folds Five-y, but not more than, say, Radiohead-y, or Queen-y, or Wilco-y. It will be new, powerful, beautiful, weird! I guess more than anything, it will be Chris Merritt, but for the first time, I’ll be making a record with zero compromises!
We’ll be doing a fundraiser campaign to raise money to finish the album. I’ll be using Kickstarter.com and starting it sometime in January or February (I figured I would leave some room for the holidays). I have lots of cool incentives planned, like piano sheet music and a covers album, as well as all kinds of extravagant, ridiculous gifts. Most of this record will be favors-for-favors kind of production…..but I sure would like to have some money to throw around to put some polish on it.
Modern technology allows us to do lots of work ourselves, for free, but not all of it. For example, we still need basic recording gear, like monitors and new audio effects plug-ins. I don’t want to skimp on the strings on this album, as well as horns and all kinds of fun stuff (I have BIG ideas). It would be nice to throw professional musicians actual money for working on the album. We also need to pay for mastering, and some mixing. Not to mention promotion for the album, a music video, things like that. I also have big dreams of releasing the record as an app for iPhone and Android…
As always, I would love to hear your ideas! They give me ideas…..