Michelle Blades and Midnight Special Records want to release her first studio album, “ATARAXIA”, but can't do it without your help!


The project




It has been nearly three years since my last full length album release (Oh, Nostalgia & Mariana recorded and released by River Jones Music). Since then, I've changed home, country and instrument and all this new scenery made me want to begin working on a new sound. I released several home-made digital albums of electronic music and home recordings for free on bandcamp and began working on music videos and photographs for several friends and artists in Paris. During the two years of songwriting and experimenting with images I was exposed to several different kind of music and I amassed new influences, leading me to create the band that recorded with me in the studio: Victor Peynichou on the bass, Alexandre Bourrit on the synths, Malvina Meinier adding vocals and synth riffs, Daniel Hart on strings and string arrangements and Thomas Broda & Raphaël Leger on drums. Setting down the ukulele to experiment with the electric guitar (a curiosity I developed after some of the best years in my life playing with North Dakota), my new surroundings and new bandmates allowed me to compose and experiment with the songs I would have never attempted otherwise.






It wasn't until one day Victor Peynichou suggested we record an album. Joining forces with Midnight Special Records and Juno Studios' Bertrand Fresel I finally felt ready and inspired to harness these new sounds and put them together make a record.


In June 2014 the band got together and recorded the 13 song album at Fresel's studio in Yerres, France. The 13 songs were written to be linked together into one track, what I likes to think would, online, be a “digital cassette”, a seamless landscape to wildly set sonic ideas free.


I also want to make the album a chance to collaborate with other artists. As each individual song won't be available for individual listening due to the album's one track nature, I wanted to find a way to creatively make each individual song listenable. Along with seeking funding for the album, I'd like to take advantage of the fundraiser's potential visibility to use this as a call to artists as well, seeking 13 directors/teams to take over one song each and make a music video, thus attaching an image to each song as well as making them available for individual listening (you know, like Beyonce). Each music video would be released at intervals and in no particular order.






Michelle Blades’ bandcamp (my previous releases)















Why fund it?

All being said, the accumulated costs of studio time, mixing, mastering and pressing are far too great for myself and the band to pay out of pocket and outside of the grassroots label, Midnight Special Records' (run out the band's living room) to cover. That's where you can come in and help us make this a possibility!


Should the fundraiser be accomplished, the album will be released on vinyl, online, on CD and in cassette formats.




STUDIO: 2000 euros

MIX: 600 euros

MASTERING: 1000 euros

VINYL: 1700 euros

CDS: 500 euros

PROMO: 1000

ALBUM ARTWORK: 500 euros


TOTAL : 7300 euros




If our fundraiser covers 5,500 of costs, we will be able to attain our goal of funding the studio time, mixing, mastering and pressing although surpassing our goal would help even more, allowing us a budget to cover the fees for the album artwork and music video.. Any help is incredible, really. Participate in making the album a reality!




Michelle Blades is a Panamanian born multi-instrumentalist now based in France. Growing up in Miami, Blades taught herself the ukulele and started composing her first songs at the age of sixteen. It wasn't until her move to Arizona at eighteen, however, that Blades started playing concerts and incorporating other musicians into her writing. Three years... See more

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Love you a lot more
Love you!!!
(and band producer, etc, much love to everyone involved)