As part of an "innovative release strategy," the record will only see the light of day if enough people place pre-orders.
"Due to current social and market conditions, we are opting for an innovative release strategy," reads the Irish techno artist's official homepage. The basic gist is this: Costello will take orders for the release directly, and if he doesn't receive enough within a 28-day period (which began on April 22nd), he'll refund everyone and call the whole thing off. If a "sufficient" number of orders are placed, "manufacturing will proceed."
The aptly titled Unheard Ambient and Guitar Works collects five pieces Costello recorded between 1995 and 2002, which is around the same time he made his much-loved Together Is the New Alone. If all goes well, the record will be pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 300 copies. You can place your order directly through Costello's website, and download an unmastered version of one of the tracks, "Solitaire," right here.
01. Love Jones Drones For Headphones
02. Wishing Will Never Make it So
03. Song at Dawn
04. Solitaire (edit)
05. The Journey Home
Donnacha Costello may or may not release Unheard Ambient and Guitar Works on May 20th, 2011.