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Maarten Swaan and Annie Goodchild are back!

Yess! The time has come! The 3rd album of Maarten Swaan & band will be recorded in March 2013 with producer Dave Bianchi in Whatabout Music Studio, Barcelona! But that is not all! Annie Goodchild, with Maarten the founder of Melou, will be part of this full length album! We need your support! Now!!

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This picture was taken in 2005. Maarten Swaan had just left Holland to venture to Guatemala, where he met Annie Goodchild. This would be the start of the band Melou. His life as a physical therapist was over and made place for the life of a traveling musician.

In the 4.5 years of their existence, Melou recorded 2 full length albums; "Communication" and "Battery Park" and toured throughout the USA and Europe. After Melou played their last show in 2009, each one of the members followed their own path.

Maarten ventured to Barcelona, where he wrote and recorded his solo albums "Write me Notes" (2010) and a year later "Broken Bike". He and his band with Xavi Molero (drums), Miguel Serna (bass) and Claudia Gomez (Piano) toured the past year in Holland and the USA, where they started to make plans to record their 3rd album of 14 songs; which off course will be recorded in the Whatabout Music Studios with producer Dave Bianchi in Barcelona.

After the break-up of Melou, Maarten and Annie always remained in contact, and throughout the years, played a handful of reunion shows. They even started writing new songs again when they visited each other. This collaboration can be found on the upcoming album! Annie will fly into Barcelona from her home in Basel, Switzerland to record vocals on 4 or 5 songs that will be included in this album! Good things never fade away!

The new songs that will be on the album are going to be more organic sounding, meaning, we will try to keep the sound of the instruments and vocals how they really are. We will be looking for beauty in the pureness of the sound. The songs will be influenced by many bands such as the Beatles, Coldplay, Iron and Wine, The National, Bon Iver and Fiona Apple.
We can't give away too much, but the vibe of the album will be diverse, from up tempo to lullaby- like songs you can dream away to.
We haven't found a name for the album yet, but that always comes to us in the process. We will keep you informed on any news!

With your help, the album recordings will start March 16th and will be released "online" May 9th, 2013!

We are asking for your help in funding this project. Music is not a profitable business, but music is what we do, and where our heart lies. It is our contribution to the world! With your help we can make this album come true! This is your chance to be apart of that!

Annie Goodchild, Maarten Swaan & the band

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#05 / Start of the recording!

Dear friends, family and music lovers!
As you all might have heard, thanks to all of you wonderful people
we have reached our goal with our Verkami Project! First of all we
want to thank you all so much for backing up this project! Without
your help we would have never been able to think about a new album!
We had 86 people who backed this album! Just incredible!
And, now, monday the 18th of March 2013 is the day that we actually
WILL start the recordings of the new album! HOW EXCITING!
It is the next step of the process. We have been busy the past months
writing the songs. Some of you might have even have heard some of them
when we performed then on tour in Holland.
Today we will start with the drums and bass. Later this week the rest of
the instruments and vocals will follow. The 24th of March Annie will arrive
to Barcelona and we will start the same process for the songs with her.
It promises to become a very diverse album, maybe less "organic" as
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#04 / We are at 3.272 euro's!!! Help us to get to the finish!!!!

Dear friends, family and music lovers!

First of all, we have to thank all of the wonderful people who have helped us out so far in our fund raising process. THANK YOU!!! It is amazing where we already are! But we are not there yet! Just a little over a thousand euro's to go... And only 11 days left!!! It is absolutely possible!
Of course, as promised, we come back to you with a little reward from our side! We just uploaded pieces of 2 new tracks that will appear on the new album! The first one is called " Can't get enough of love" by Maarten and the other one is "Birds" by Annie herself. Listen to them and get a little bit of an idea where we are going with the new album! I Again, keep in mind these are demo recording, that were recorded at home, without band. It is just to give you an idea. We hope you enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/m-swaan-a-goodchild/birds-demo-piece

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#03 / Happy New Year!!!!

Hello everyone!
Of course, let us start of this message by wishing everyone a wonderful and musical Happy New Year! For us it is the start of an exciting year, in where we are recording our new album, what is of course for us something that we look very much forward to!
And to start the year right, we are treating you all with some new updates about the album! We just up-loaded 2 new demo pieces from songs that will appear on the album! The first one is "The better part of me" that Maarten wrote over the holidays and the 2nd one is "I'll be home for dinner time" that was written by Annie and Maarten about 4 years ago. It's a live recording from back in the day with the old Melou members! It will have the same vibe, but we have written some extra verses and a different ending. But it will be a happy song on the album!

Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/m-swaan-a-goodchild

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#02 / Happy Holidays!

Dear music lovers,

First of all we would like to thank all the wonderful people who have already made their pledge! Thank you so much for your support! But please, keep helping us by spreading the word about this project. We are still far away from reaching our goal of 4444 euro's and without that, we will not be abled to record the album! We have 26 days left to make it! We believe in it, so please keep talking about it!

In "other news":
It is Christmas time, what brings us in the mood for sharing. From today on we will bit by bit post parts of demo tracks from the songs that will be on the new album!

The first one is "Change"

This is the very first collaboration between Annie and Maarten since the break up of their old band Melou. Remember, it is a demo version of the song. The final version will be sounding different, more produced, better quality and with band. But to give you just a little teaser, we show you something that we are working on!

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#01 / Welcome!!!!!

Welcome to the fundraise site for the 3rd Album by Maarten Swaan & band in collaboration with Annie Goodchild! It has been over 3 years that Melou released her last album "Battery Park" and not a year ago "Broken Bike" was released by Maarten Swaan, but music keeps flowing! Now the preparations are made for this exclusive project, a full length album of 14 songs with the newest songs by Maarten and 4 or 5 songs performed by Annie!
The recordings will start the 16th of March at the Whatabout Music studio with producer Dave Bianchi and will be released May 9th of 2013!
We created Verkami page so you can easily become part of this exclusive project, by pledging your donation. We are truly thankful for any support we get! And Of course you will receive something in return. So, become funder and supporter of the new album! And don't hesitate, share this page with anyone you know!
Support music, support the new album by Maarten Swaan in collaboration with Annie Goodchild!

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14€
27 backers

A digital download of the album + The Album Artwork, before the release.

24€
25 backers

A digital download of the album + The Album Artwork, before the release + A Signed Physical copy of the album.

44€
24 backers

A digital download of the album + The Album Artwork before the release + 2 Signed Physical copy of the album + The Entire Melou and Maarten Swaan collection as Digital Downloads

88€
4 backers

A digital download of the album + The Album Artwork before the release + 2 Signed Physical copy of the album + The Entire Melou and Maarten Swaan collection as Digital Downloads + A Signed Print of the black and white cover photo of Maarten and Annie

144€
1 backer

A digital download of the album + The Album Artwork before the release + 2 Signed Physical copy of the album + The Entire Melou and Maarten Swaan collection as Digital Downloads + Special Thanks named on the album + An Acoustic Show of Maarten Swaan in your living-room (if possible considering travel/ travel expenses from Barcelona or wherever we may be touring in your area in the year following the release).

244€
1 backer

A digital download of the album + The Album Artwork before the release + 6 Signed Physical copy of the album + The Entire Melou and Maarten Swaan collection as Digital Downloads + Special Thanks named on the album + An Acoustic Show of Maarten Swaan in your living-room (if possible considering travel/ travel expenses from Barcelona or whenever we may be touring in your area in the year following the release).

444€
2 backers

A digital download of the album + The Album Artwork before the release + 6 Signed Physical copies of the album + The Entire Collection of Melou and Maarten Swaan as digital download + Special Thanks named on the album + A show of Maarten Swaan and band in your living-room, garden or location of your choice (if possible considering travel/ travel expenses from Barcelona or whenever we may be touring in your area in the year following the release).

888€
1 backer

A digital download of the album + The Album Artwork before the release + 6 Signed Physical copies of the album + The Entire Collection of Melou and Maarten Swaan as digital download + Special Thanks named on the album + A Show of Maarten Swaan and band in your living-room, garden or location of your choice (if possible considering travel/ travel expenses from Barcelona or whenever we may be touring in your area in the year following the release) + Experience The Life of a Musician yourself and go on the road with the band for one day

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