John Mark Nelson had one heck of a year. He released his second album Waiting and Waiting to enthusiastic praise in Minnesota, became one of The Current’s top viewed in-studios in 2012 due to the success of early single “Reminisce,” sold out a release show at the 7th St. Entry and then started supporting all sorts of touring national acts in the process. End-of-year lists were published — he made many of them. He was tapped for the Best New Bands showcase at First Avenue and he and his ensemble will kick off the festivities for our two-night birthday party this weekend. The guy isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and today we have a new song to share from his forthcoming third album.
At just 18-years old, it’s slightly dumbfounding to see John Mark Nelson already starting work on another collection of songs. But rest assured they will be good — early teasers at Best New Bands last Friday night were promising of the even more orchestrated direction he and his ensemble are taking. As of today, he has launched a Kickstarter to fund the recording process.
“The songs are written, the band is ready, and the wheels are turning.”
Yep, John Mark is on a role. The new album The Moon and The Stars is rather philosophical, inspired by fleeting relationships and big changes, no doubt influenced by his graduation from high-school and quick rise into the spotlight. The album artwork is fitting as well, illustrated by artist Heather Weideman. It looks like he’s employing a much larger orchestration this go-around to make his ideas a reality, and because of that, the Kickstarter goal is $15,000.
There’s a detailed explanation on what that money will go towards, namely the high rental cost for a studio with “optimal acoustic” arrangements. John Mark has also assembled a range of musicians to bring the album to life who should be paid for their “time and efforts” and their ability to play instrumentals that he has “no business playing because [he's] lousy at them.” Of course, there is the long mixing and mastering process, but he’s also intending to print to both CD and vinyl this go-around.
There’s some awesome rewards on the docket for those who care to contribute: from digital downloads to screen-printed posters, liner credits, release party tickets, private concerts and even a tracking and mixing session invitation. Get all the information on his Kickstarter page. By the way, the goal has to be completed in 21 days.
We have a first listen of the single off the album below.