Cindergarden Launches Kickstarter for New Album, Vinyl Pressings, Music Videos
Jaymie Valentine is Cindergarden, a fiercely independent artist and now a veteran presence within underground music culture, having recorded and produced all her own music for more than a decade. She is a singer, songwriter, keyboardist, drum programmer, arranger, and producer whose work has been an uncompromising vision of complete artistry.
Cindergarden brings forth the daring yet elegantly refined soul of early gothic and dark wave music, punctuated with experimental elements of modern electronics and a vocal panache that is uncommon: a tender “angelgoth” voice which casts graceful spells across glitchy beats as well as ivory keys. Her music and lyrics dare the listener to gaze into the darkest abyss and emerge transformed into light.
Over the course of 3 studio albums and a host of singles, remixes, and instrumental compilations, Cindergarden has not yet been picked up by radio stations or other large media outlets, and that’s all just a bit surreal. She is now in need of support to help make her new album a reality, with vinyl and CD pressings and music videos all promised if an all or nothing Kickstarter goal of $12,600 can be reached by January 22nd, 2017.
Cindergarden: A Brief History
2006’s Underground Light Machine won praise as an expertly executed debut release, earning lofty comparisons to industrial legends Skinny Puppy, as well as female fronted gothic acts Switchblade Symphony and Jack Off Jill, all while eschewing rock and dance conventions with a gloomy, introspective collection of songs, highlighted by the haunting baroque chords of “Dirty Ritual”.
Follow-up The Clandestine Experiment dropped in 2008, venturing into even more unique, hybridized sounds, with an even darker gothic edge to the vocals and lyrics. The album earned high praise again as a masterpiece of modern dark wave.
Classically trained in music since childhood and largely self-taught as a pianist, her talents were on full display in 2010’s self-produced Grim Confections. Jaymie’s icy melodies were garnished with intricate layers of beats and sprinkled with dashes of IDM, dubstep, glitch, and breakcore to brew a lively sound that could also belong to that of a psychedelic opera.
Lunar Phases: The Winter Solstice EP arrived in late 2012 as a three-track release, with “Lunar Phases” standing out as perhaps her finest song yet. A rapturous, magickal six minutes of pop, with echoes of Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil undulating through this exotic, mysterious, and danceable masterpiece. The track also features her the first official music video, which was so beloved that it inspired a dance piece in a popular Ukraine Moon-adoring festival.
Meantime, Jaymie was holding down a 2010-2015 residency as sound designer and composer for the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Halloween Park in Long Beach, CA, crafting hours of original instrumental pieces for the horror-themed attraction, with selected compositions available on her bandcamp page. These works further show her ability to create atmosphere as well as the potential to be a great film score composer. She has in fact, scored a few pieces for films and commercials over the years which can be found on her IMDB page and on her personal website for composing. [jaymievalentine.com]
Just released to the public in January 2017 is Gembook Volume 1. An album of previously unreleased rarities dating all the way back to 2003. Her raw gift for songwriting is evident among the stripped down yet still signature atmospheres to a starkness that is both beautiful and tragic. A moonlight sonata vibe with candles and poetry in a cold winter air is felt through Cindergarden’s crisp piano and haunting vocals. This is the first in a series of albums scheduled for release all containing previously unreleased “vintage” Cindergarden treasures.
After some time away from the studio, which saw her win a best actress award for the acclaimed horror film Dry Blood, she now has a wealth of new songs ready to go, but, stunningly, little support from the gothic industrial record labels.
Architectures of the Wild Becoming is the name of the as-yet-unreleased album, with a modest $12,600 goal set to fund the mastering, CD and vinyl pressings, and music video production. With an all or nothing clause, this is a bold project, and with a January 22nd deadline, time is of the essence.
Your support to help make this project a reality is deeply appreciated.