The Irish producer's latest album, featuring ambient music made with an EMS Synthi, is a crowdfunded effort.
Costello has made conceptual work before—6x6=36, for example, was a series of six EPs featuring six tracks each, all recorded in six days—but Love From Dust is less about a set of constraints the Irish producer imposed on himself than the history leading up to the project. Back in 2001, Costello got on the waiting list for a new EMS Synthi, a synthesizer dating to the '70s that was still being handmade in Cornwall. A decade passed, and Costello still hadn't heard back—and by that time, he'd basically retired from production to go back to school and start a family. Then out of the blue, the company got in touch to tell Costello they were finally building his Synthi this summer.
"It's quite an investment for a guy with a family to support," he writes. "So, rather than wait the year or more it can take to recoup money through normal release channels, I'm going directly to the people who've supported my career all along and offering you the first album I make with it." Thus, the album is being crowdfunded through an Indiegogo campaign, and Costello says Love From Dust "won't be available through any other source." The perks supporters can get range from a hi-res album download (€8) to a subscription model that gets you tracks as they're being recorded (€25) to the ability to rent the Synthi (€125) or even get a four-hour workshop on the instrument from Costello himself (€400).
Given the way the album is being produced, there's no tracklist or release date just yet. Costello says that he's planning the album as an ambient project with a sound somewhere between his albums Together Is The New Alone and Modul.Isol. The crowdfunding campaign ends on June 20th.
Love From Dust is coming soon from Donnacha Costello.