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Introducing SANCTUARY – a brand new, 7" vinyl release from Levi The Poet – now available on 43g. Orange Crush w/ Black Smoke colored press.
Today, I am thrilled to publicly announce a brand new release of a brand new 7” vinyl: Sanctuary.
The word sanctuary means "a place of refuge or safety." It's a word that has fascinated me for years. A word I've spoken in poems past and written into countless others never released to the public.
At the beginning of this year, for better or worse, I sought sanctuary of my own in cities whose pride was built upon offering exactly that to whomever found themselves inside their walls.
The story is long. But there are glimpses within this release.
I wrote both ANXIETY and Sanctuary Cities during that trip – one that felt like a shot in the dark, or a cry for help, or a cloud – and they are inextricably connected to one another.
They are pieces that grew from soil tilled with the pain of searching and joy of those glimpses of freedom that come from walking alone along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California or the streets of Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington.
These tracks represent a dichotomy. Paralysis and movement. Fear and courage. Despair and hope.
I am so excited to share them with you.
I am writing today to tell you about Sanctuary.
I’d like to do my best to answer a few questions that might arise in this process. To those who are hearing about this release for the first time today, here’s the invitation and the breakdown:
This new, 7" vinyl pressing of Sanctuary features two tracks – one of which will be familiar to you, and one of which is brand new.
- Side A: ANXIETY
- Side B: Sanctuary Cities
Sanctuary is being pressed to 7" 43g. Orange Crush w/ Black Smoke colored vinyl at 45rpm to give you the best sound quality possible.
As of right now, Sanctuary is in production. I submitted all of the artwork and master tracks to my printer last week, so we're fully invested in this release, and working on making it something as special as these tracks are to me.
As you may know, creating vinyl is an art form, and the turnaround isn't immediate. The supplier that we use estimates about 4 to 8 weeks on completion. Because all of us will have to wait until the production is complete, I am treating today's announcement to you – and what will be an upcoming announcement to the public – as a PREORDER that will be shipped as soon as the record is available in the months following your purchase.
Okay now, why is THAT important?
Because we are only releasing 500 pressings of the Sanctuary 7", and we will never press them again.
That said, perhaps it would be helpful to consider your purchase as something more like a downpayment, or a reservation.
HOW & HOW MUCH?
Sanctuary is available for preorder right now, right here.
We are selling Sanctuary for $10, flat.
In the coming weeks, I will be hosting a small, informal listening party for the members of Fraction through our private Facebook group.
Think of it like the live, monthly hangouts that Fraction members participate in, but specific to this new track, Sanctuary Cities.
I'll be posting the lyrics to that song beforehand so that you can read through it (if you want to), and prepare to ask any questions that you might have about this release – whether in relation to these tracks in particular, or the trip and headspace that inspired them.
I will be in touch with information about the "when" sometime next week.
If you are reading this, and you are not a Fraction member, consider this an invitation to sign up now, and participate with us.
We'd love to have you join us.
WHAT ELSE, ELSE?
Everyone who supports this release and preorders the vinyl will receive a free, digital download of both tracks. The download links for the tracks will be sent along with the physical copy of your Sanctuary 7” when it is shipped to you.
WHAT ELSE, ELSE, ELSE?
I am super excited about releasing this 7" to you today.
Thank you for your support, and for participating in this thing called life with me.
You matter. Thank you.
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