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A newly written song every month, and access to all new songs from previous months. The song-a-month collection started January 2019.

Tier 2 - The Robin's Egg

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The songs from Tier 1, plus a monthly post of bonus material: unheard B-sides, new versions of old songs, live concert recordings, covers, etc. Everything previously posted to this tier is made available as well. 

Tier 3 - The Three-Eyed Raver

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Everything in tiers 1 and 2, plus patreon-exclusive live streams: bimonthly concerts online, performed by yours truly. And on alternate months, compilation-compositions of improvised music, like collages of sound.

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About Spencer Krug

I post a new song here every month. It's written and recorded by me, not released anywhere else, and completed just days if not hours before being posted. I include a little write-up about where the music is coming from as well, for anyone interested. Accessing these posts is $1 per month, and if get caught up staring at the wall and miss a month I’ll pause the campaign so nobody gets charged.

Why am I doing this?

Over the past fifteen years I have made a lot of records (nineteen LPs and eight EPs according to wikipedia, wtf) with a number of projects; Wolf Parade, Moonface, Sunset Rubdown, and Swan Lake being the most relevant to me. And while I’m grateful for all that experience, I’ve always been frustrated by the huge and kind of pointless amount of time it takes for the music to get to your ears after it leaves my hands. By the time you’ve decided whether you love or hate a thing, I've stopped thinking about it entirely. This long gap is because the music industry likes to work, for better or for worse, in a particular way. But the disconnect puts you the music fan, and me the songwriter, in very different places when considering the same music, and I think it’d be better if we could hear things from more or less the same place. I love the idea of posting a new song, one that represents where I’m at artistically that very day, knowing that people will hear it instantly. I love the idea of touring material that’s as fresh to me as it is to the audience. So the above-mentioned time gap is one that I am trying to close here.

I’m not abandoning completely the idea of whole albums. I’ll continue to make LPs when it makes the most sense to work that way. But right now the common paradigm of slowly compiling songs, recording them all at once, releasing them on a label six months later and then taking them on tour… well, it’s just no longer a model that makes sense for me, artistically or financially. The way that I want to engage with and represent my solo work has changed, so I'm leaving old models behind. This is me trying a new kind of way.

What sort of music will I be posting?

In 2019 the new songs I posted here each month consisted mostly of piano and voice. Sometimes I played an old synth instead of piano, sometimes I added digital rhythms or strings, another singer, or random effects, but for the most part I was trying to keep it simple. I wanted to revisit the challenges / rewards that came with making the Moonface LP “Julia with Blue jeans On” in 2013, an album made solely with live piano & vocals, as well as the “City Wrecker” EP made the following year. Returning to acoustic piano in 2019, here on Patreon, and then for some subsequent touring, was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. There’s a dreamy energy in a real piano I still can’t find anywhere else.

In 2020, the style of songs drifted away from piano and became more varied. In the beginning I was touring again with Wolf Parade, with less access to my little home studio, and the instrumentation for each song depended on where I was that month. While traveling I was exploring more portable ways to write and record (going more digital, basically), and then once back home I integrated acoustic and analog instruments back into the mix.

Now in 2021, with a new shed-turned-studio in the backyard, I have more sound options than ever at my disposal, and I can scream deep into the night, so who knows what will happen.

I see each year as its own kind of record, and one way or another the songs will be released as such, in time. And I’ve always made albums that differ stylistically from one another, but now, sharing songs with you one at a time as I write them, employing a creative process which includes the listener as much as possible, I’m slowly making albums not just stylistically different from the last, but wherein every song is its own little beast.

Tier 1 (The Single Tear) is for those who want to keep things simple and only hear new material. The monthly song, as described above, is here for $1 / month.

But if you're interested, there's more:

Tier 2 (The Robin's Egg) is for anyone who wants to hear the new track described above, plus a little something extra each month; a note-full surprise. Unreleased recordings and demos which have not yet seen the light of the internet, new piano versions of old songs, recorded concerts, and whatever else I sincerely believe is worthy (I promise it will never just be a photo of me at the beach), are posted to this tier. And, starting in 2021, I will slowly be covering Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" on this tier. Why not. I've always wanted to cover a whole album, and I'm drawn to the challenge of doing some justice to this gem and the master who made it.

Tier 3 (The Three-eyed Raver) contains everything in tiers 1 & 2, plus livestream concert performances, brought to you from my home studio. These are patreon-exclusive shows. Most will be solo performances, but I hope to bring other instruments / players into the mix as well. They are broadcast live every other month, and remain posted online so patrons can watch them anytime.

On alternate months, I post compiled clips of improvised music. Every once in a while I sit down at the piano and improvise for 20 minutes - a kind of zen-out meditation exercise I indulge in - and record it. Sometimes the little ideas documented in these improvisations are the seeds of whole songs. For the interested fan, there is a lot music in these recordings that is never heard by anyone except me, so I thought it could be cool to post 5-10 minute compilations of the more inspired moments. To be clear, this is just instrumental music, completely improvised, with no vocals whatsoever. And I am not a jazz guy. You won’t hear any informed modal exploration. Nor am I even technically very good at piano, as in, there are definitely some rogue notes, bonus tones, skronkers. It’s not “perfect” music, basically. But you’ll hear me kind of searching around for ideas, or zoning out to the repetition of whatever groove I happen to find that day, and this can make for interesting listening. I try to cut these pieces together as artfully as possible for those that join this tier.

Tier 4 (Snails) adds something that is not about music at all. If you join tier 4 you get everything listed in the three tiers above, but also short stories that I will mail to you throughout the year. Each season of the year you'll find a piece of my short fiction in your mailbox, starting 2021. This tier allows me to explore an interest that is outside of music, and contribute something to people that exists outside of the internet. The stories won't be online, just in envelopes.

If you’ve read this far, thank you. If you decide to subscribe and help support this musical experiment, then thanks even more. As I explained above, I’ve decided to move my solo work away from record labels, so any money made here can now help with things like pressing vinyl, subsidizing tours, future recordings, and me continuing to exist as an artist in general. And of course I hope you like the music! Made by me, it will be a little strange, but honest.

Sincerely,
Spencer Krug

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