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The Final Seventeen Hours of the Traveling Imaginary Kickstarter are Upon Us (Plus an Interview Round Up)!
There are but seventeen hours left in the Music Tapes’ Kickstarter campaign for the Traveling Imaginary! If you haven’t made a pledge yet, but would like to do so, you can do so by clicking this link.
Julian’s done several interviews recently about the Kickstarter campaign and Mary’s Voice.
The first video from Mary’s Voice has been released! The video for “S’Alive to be Known (May We Starve)” was directed by Albert Birney, former member of the Spinto Band.
Julian spoke to MTV Hive about the video.
Some of the objects and images that may seem vintage are actually just things or objects that are a part of the Music Tapes world: the sailor playing the white sousaphone is Robby from the Music Tapes and the Sousaphone is one of the horns he plays. The tower with the wooden arms coming out of it is our Organ Playing Tower. The wonderful footage of the swaying Elephant was actually filmed by Robby in person (at a preserve). A lot of these things actually have come over time from family (my grandmother’s basement especially) — and junk stores too.
Mary’s Voice is out September 4, 2012 on CD, LP, & digital from Merge Records.
Edit: Whoops! Apparently you can’t listen to it on tumblr, but you can listen to it here.
Playing “Evening”, from the album Mary’s Voice, out September 4, 2012 on Merge Records.
Described by Julian Koster in the liner notes of Mary’s Voice, Playing ‘Evening’ is similar to a traditional song “sung by sailors to the wind’s daughter Mary, a little girl, when seeking blessing for long voyages at sea. It is also sung by children the world over for luck at games, and is popular with courting teenagers. It is in the rhythmic relationship of the intervals to vowel sounds that the pattern is found. The same melody with different words, though with exactly the same rhythmic ratio of intervals to vowel sounds, is commonly sung in the children’s game “Evening.” (“Evening” is a game played with shadows.)
From the album Mary’s Voice, out September 4, 2012 on Merge Records.