Well, without making this post a weird essay about my personal qualms with crowd sourced fundraisers for independent art projects, all I will say is that, whilst I generally disagree with their validity and / or necessity, sometimes, very rarely, they can serve their original, non-convoluted purpose. That purpose being; helping something deserving come to see the light of day that would otherwise not be able to. Or, helping something deserving come to see the light of day, that could have seen the light of day without our help, maybe, while preserving the artists rights and integrity as creatives.
I have never made a post before to promote a cord-funded project, because most of the time I find them unnecessary, but in this case, I will make and exception. Gentleman Surfer is an experiential jazz punk rock new age surf project from Sacramento, CA. And while I struggle to add more genre tags to this outfit to make their sonic explanation even more teeth grittingly unappealing, I invite you just take a listen. Gentleman Surfer is spearheaded by drummer Jon Bafus and has been a longstanding staple in the Sacramento music scene for some time now. If you have been following T.E. for a while you have most likely heard of these dudes.
The real reason I am making this post is not to ask that you chuck in your hard earned loot to help support some underground band you may or may not have heard of, but to give a gentle hat-tip to a 3 hard working, talented musicians more than deserve some attention. Think of it as, a pre-order. You cough a small bit of dough and get an awesome physical copy of a great record. Fair trade.
If you are unfamiliar with Gentleman Surfer, check out their previous recordings below:
“Bountiful Ore is a series of short instrumental soundtracks. Written across the year of 2010 in my studio apartment, mostly behind the keyboard into an eight track for arrangement purposes, and then fully recorded in November 2010 by Andy Morin (Of Death Grips). All Music written and performed by Jon Bafus.”
You can support their humble cause HERE, and watch the video for the project below…