One of my favorite discoveries of this past year is Gregory Douglass, a local singer-song writer out of Burlington who has a smooth and lyrical sound - evocative pop, as I've heard it described. His 2006 album Up and Away was a real pleasure to listen to and review.
The other day, I received some information about his upcoming album, to be entitled Battler, which is due out to be released in February of 2009. However, he has a pretty cool pre-order plan that ranges from $10 to $1000, which will put the album in your hands prior to that release date.
$10 - Digital copy prior to the holidays.
$25 - Bonus Disc of B-sides, advance, signed copy prior to the holidays
$50 - Personalized copy of Battler & an additional studio album & free admission to an upcoming show
$100 - Two personalized copies of any studio album, two passes to a show and a mention in the liner notes.
$500 - Four personalized copies of any studio album, four passes to upcoming show
$1000 - House concert, five personalized copies, unlimited admission to any show 2008-2009.
It's an interesting tactic, and I've already pre-ordered with option #2. In this day and age with music and the increasing influence of the internet on music sales, it's no wonder that we're seeing more things like this, from pay what you want, to free albums, donations, advance downloads and pre-orders, not to mention the weath of songs that would never otherwise get released on a regular album. Hopefully, this'll work well for Mr. Douglass.
No doubt, there will be a good review here for this album. The first track has already been posted to myspace and on his website, and I have to say, it's absolutely fantastic. Up there with his best work already, with some very thoughtful lyrics that work very well with the accompanying piano and drums. Grace Potter did some recording with Douglass earlier this year, so I'm already awaiting this release.
Hang Around - Gregory Douglass