Tam Lin is recording another album, Medicine For a Ghost, and it’s their most ambitious project to date — a lush, sweeping record about memory, trauma, and healing, a carousel of stories, guitars, strings, rhymes, horns, and synths.
Medicine For a Ghost is going to be 100 percent FREE to own, download, and share. Between now and the end of this year, Tam Lin will be relying on your generosity to help them make a record that everyone can own, regardless of what he or she can give. That means that no matter what you feel inspired to donate — and even if you donate nothing at all — the album will be yours by the spring of 2013. For free. For real.
They’ve decided to use the making of Medicine for a Ghost to help give another type of “medicine” to victims of sexual violence. They are teaming up with RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) and will be donating ten percent of the money they raise for the album to their efforts. RAINN is not only an important cause; it’s a pressing one too, and Tam Lin is very proud to haveMedicine For a Ghost contribute to their fight.
Paul Weinfield, frontman for Tam Lin gets asked a lot, “Why make your music free? Doesn’t that send a message that what you do has no value?” And the answer he always gives is, “We make our music free because it has so much value.” The most important things in life — love, wisdom, coincidences — have no price tag, and what we do is no different. We simply make the best music possible and take pride in letting the beauty we love be what we do.”
Weinfield also gets asked a lot, “Does it actually work to make a free album?” And the answer he always gives is, “When people aren’t forced to give, they end up giving more.” This is the philosophy we used in 2011 to raise nearly $10,000 for Garden In Flames (which is still available for free download at http://tamlin.bandcamp.com/). Their model worked so well, not only because they put music in the hands of their fans, but also because they aligned that record with an important social cause, and donated nearly $1,000 of what they raised to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Paul said, “That experience showed us that regardless of the fears people have around money (and I’m no stranger to those fears), the reality is generosity works. It really does.”
Medicine For a Ghost will cost about $15,000 to make. In today’s world, that’s not a lot to spend on an album, but it certainly is a lot of money for any one person. So what Tam Lin is trying to do is distribute the costs of production so widely and thinly that no one feels the burden by trying to raise $10,000 through small donations.
Fans can learn more about the project and consider pledging at indiegogo.
REVIEWS FOR TAM LIN’S GARDEN IN FLAMES
“Tam Lin revolves around beguiling local singer-songwriter Paul Weinfield, whose soft, questing songs suggest nights at home listening to Jeff Buckley and/or falling in love….[a] mellifluous new album.” Time Out New York
“Paul Weinfield, the man behind Tam Lin, is nobody’s follower. He proves that on “Garden in Flames,” his fourth album that’s full of horns, strings harmonies and more loveliness that puts one in mind of a sonic prism. The nine songs on this album are steeped in melodic folk with more than a dash of new age reminiscent of Andreas Vollenweider. Just like Fairport Convention, Tam Lin seems unafraid to push musical boundaries.” Nancy Dunham, No Depression
“Headed by Brooklyn native Paul Weinfield, Tam Lin evokes the aura of late-60’s acoustic folk, creating songs that are subdued and guarded while allowing hints of vulnerability to shine through. Weinfield is the son of a composer and a poet, blending the two influences into Tam Lin’s fragile love songs on the band’s fourth album, “Garden in Flames.” The album, which was released last fall, covers an array of sounds by its ten multi- instrumentalist musicians, traveling through Weinfield’s heartaches and his battle with cancer.” Devon Antonetti, The Deli Magazine
“…an intricate maze of Dylanesque lyrics and melodies… a singer/songwriter who is blazing his own path across the Americana/Folk landscape.” Dan Harr, Music News Nashville
“…an undeniable talent of Weinfield is clearly visible in his original, compelling melodies, songs, and catchy lyrics. The emotional heart that underlies all songs of Garden In Flames have you already completely in his grip, so no serious music lover should be without this excellent album!” Eric Van Domburg Scipio, Heaven Magazine, The Netherlands
“Garden In Flames presents smooth classy melodic soft pop tracks that recall classic artists like Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen….Folks around New York are probably already digging this guy in a big way in the underground clubs. With the release of this album his popularity will continue to expand to other cities and states. Nine smart songs here including “Field of Reeds,” “Lionheart,” “Waiting To Touch the Ground,” and “Money.” babysue
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