During the last year, we’ve been working on new songs for our second album. The first album from The Val, BACK, was released in 2012 and it implied taking forward a project from scratch. We are very satisfied with the final result and the rave reviews received by the media and audience both inside and outside of Spain, so we are determined to continue working on what we feel like something that means a lot to us and also to those who have supported us.
Now the time to bring forward this second album has come. It will have similarities and differences with regard to "Back", and it represents an evolution due to our experiences in common, and to the fact that without really being aware of it, we have reached an identifying and very personal sound and style.
In this new work we have changed the way of approaching the production. In "Back", Alfonso Samos was not only in charge of the artistic production of the album. He also worked as multi-instrumentalist recording and programming all the tracks except the piano and keyboards, which had been taken over by David Erick and the voice and backing vocals by Gabrielle de Val.
This time, the other musicians in the band are recording their own tracks. Alex Morell is playing the bass. He had joined us at the very beginning, even before our first gig, just right after the recording of "Back", and now he’s also become a fundamental element for the studio recording. Rubén Berengena, who fits in perfectly with the songs we have written and the sound we are looking for, is playing drums on the album and Tony Ortega has taken command of pianos and keyboards in The Val. Alfonso Samos is once again dealing with production, guitars and all the musical arrangements and Gabrielle is singing the songs of course. They have both together written all the songs. As in "Back", we have chosen English for the lyrics, written by Gabrielle, because that is what the songs demanded, but we do not rule out the possibility of recording the songs in Spanish later on.
In order to focus on the composition and recording of the album we have not performed with the band for some months and we have worked at the recording studio instead, so that the album is already at a fairly advanced stage. It consists of 11 songs that talk about feelings and sensations you may have had at least once in your life. We just can’t wait to share them with you.
Once we finish recording and mixing the songs, we will still have to do the mastering, the booklet design, the CDs and vinyl records manufacture and the new merchandising articles (t-shirts, etc…). We’re releasing 1000 CDs and 250 vinyl records (limited edition for the vinyl records). The Val is assuming the costs of the recording and therefore the money that we get through this crowdfunding action will be for mastering and manufacturing as well as for shipping your rewards.
We have decided to partially finance the project through crowdfunding for multiple reasons. First, we are convinced that it is a good way to connect with our audience. When we began our adventure as a band over two years ago, we never imagined that we would get to so many places or that we would make so many new friends that have formed part of the experience that "Back" has meant for us. We have connected with you through music and now you are part of our new adventure since its inception. We want you to share the entire process of recording and releasing an album with us, because thus you’ll be part of it. On the other hand your economic aid will allow us to focus on the artistic side without driving ourselves mad with figures or delays.
You will have personal contact with the band and we will, via email, keep you updated on any progress concerning the project.
We’ve got 40 days to reach the goal. Only if we reach the amount of money we’re asking for, payments will be made. In other words: you will not be charged even if you have clicked “ok”, until we reach the final figure.
On this site we can answer all your questions or concerns.
We should like to end by briefly saying thank you for your support in advance, but above all, thank you for supporting us with 'Back' and thus leading us to this second album you will enjoy for sure.
WHAT WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS BE USED FOR?
The CDs and other "rewards" will be sent to you from September 15, 2014, but we’ll soon report the dates for the presentation of the album live in different cities inside and outside of Spain.
We’ll keep you updated.We are assuming the costs of the recording and therefore, all the funds raised through this crowdfunding campaign will cover the costs of:
Manufacturing of the CDs (Digipack)
Manufacturing of the Vinyl Records (Numbered and Limited Edition)
Manufacturing of the T-shirts
Manufacturing of the Post-Cards
Postage, tax, paypal and bank surcharges, and the 5% fee for Verkami .
If the funds we achieve in Verkami surpass the amount we have initially asked you for (4.000€) we would update this section and let you know what your contributions will be used for
These are the dates for our Project:
Crowdfunding Campaign: It will start on Monday, the 26th of May at 12.00 and finish on Friday, the 4th of July at 12.00.
JUNE: We continue recording guitars and vocals and we start mixing and producing.
JULY: Mastering of the album. Manufacturing of CDs, Vinyl Records and T-shirts.
AUGUST: Scheduling of the postages with your “rewards”.
SEPTEMBER: Shipping of your “rewards”.
OCTOBER: We will be on tour presenting our new record