(Girlie) Theresa Andersson hits the studio this week to begin work on her new album, working with long-time collaborator and fellow countryman Tobias Froberg as producer.
In celebration of the process, and to help finance the new album, Andersson is inviting her fans to watch her recording process live as part of a Kickstarter campaign, also launching today.
Known for her live shows, which feature the multi-instrumentalist building complexly layered songs live on stage, Andersson became an internet phenomenon in 2008, when YouTube featured a home-made video she taped of herself performing a song in her kitchen, created to promote her last album, Hummingbird, Go!. More than 1.3 million fans have since watched Andersson performing "Na Na Na", one of several videos that have come to be known as "the kitchen videos."
Continuing in the spirit of that video, Theresa will open up her recording process to fans, inviting them into her home studio during the recording of her as-yet-untitled new album, slated for release early next year, and a chance to chat with her about the process.
"Instead of burying all of the ideas that donΚΌt work, and only presenting the ο¬nal product, I've decided to tear the wall down and share the whole thing with my fans -- The good, the bad, and the ugly," says Andersson, who acknowledges entering uncharted territory with the new album. "To be honest, IΚΌm not exactly sure how this record will turn out, because there are elements of this recording that will be completely new for me. For example, I'm thinking much more orchestrally these days, and imagining songs arranged with rich horn clusters and multi-layered drums. The only thing is, IΚΌve never arranged for horns before."
The Kickstarter campaign will offer fans a chance to watch Andersson and Froberg live as they explore Andersson's new songwriting process, and will also capture them collaborating with some special guests, including some of New Orleans' best horn players. The campaign offers fans a number of unique opportunities to be a part of the recording process, with perks including live streaming of Theresa in the studio, live chats with the artist, limited edition merchandise, and tickets and backstage passes to Theresa's 2012 world tour.