Press Release: Album 5 Is Coming This October!

First, dear known and unknown people of the Internet, thank you for supporting the Album 5 Kickstarter. Since you guys responded so quickly that we reached funding goal within 4 days, I was able to send out the manufacturing order to the factory early, and the beautiful new CDs (here’s an art preview for Backers) will arrive at my place shortly before October. In addition, I ordered about 66% more units made than I originally planned to order, because of how great the response was. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

This latest album, “Romance of the Counter-Elite”, features a cover of “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. Un-mastered demo versions of the other 4 tracks of the album can be found on my soundcloud. Besides the cover of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, the remaining songs of the new album cover dark and multi-layered themes, especially focusing on dystopian storylines:

Monarchy” describes a cycle of oppression perpetrated by successive demagogues who each promise to liberate the poor from misery, if only they will help overthrow the current monarch.
Nine Lives” describes a country where all citizens are born with nine distinct personalities, and must choose only one to survive into adulthood, destroying the remaining eight on the Battleground of Dreams Forsaken.
Dance for Me” is an exploration of how the counter-elite are seduced by the elite to join in a corrupt power structure that they may never find the courage to overthrow.
Lady Perilous” is a song sung by a Siren who delights in luring sailors to their deaths.

Short bio of the band for newcomers: Psyche Corporation is a fairytale cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model and programmer who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. The band is named after a dream manufacture group from a future where neural implants allow people to download dreams from the Internet. Songs deal in dystopian themes as well as more lighthearted filk works, such as “Perl-Operated Boy”. The musical style spans genres of trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music.

You can still pre-order on the Kickstarter here:

Psyche Corp. has upcoming shows at RuffleCon in Stamford, CT on Friday October 2nd, opening for Rasputina. I’m also performing in NYC at DROM on Oct 4th as part of the Anachronism Steampunk events series. In November, I’ll be headlining the Time Traveler’s Ball in Cincinnati, produced by the Pandora Society.  More info on upcoming shows here:

4 thoughts on “Press Release: Album 5 Is Coming This October!

  1. Hi, only recently found your blog but been listening to your music for a while now. Huge fan, especially love the new album! Never heard anyone like you. 🙂 Out of curiosity (if you read these comments anyhow), were you at all referencing the mainstream music industry in Dance For Me? It’s one of my favourite songs and I kinda thought it was a jibe at how it uses the artists on whom it depends. Am I reading too much into it?

    • Wow thank you!! To answer, Dance for me was written to explore a more general concept of how it feels to be micromanaged by an overly controlling supervisor/elder/boss. You first get sucked in by being told you might be special and then you have to do everything they say or else they make you feel you might not achieve “your” potential. I wanted to explore that feeling from the perspective of a sinister supervisor character.

      It could certainly be applied to specific contexts such as the music industry though!

      • Definitely felt the “overcontrolling boss” vibes from the song. One of my favourite things about your songs is how you vary the narrating voice – you have yearning sweetness on one hand (e.g. Annabel Lee, Lost My Love, Strange Machine) and on the other extreme you capture a kind of cruelty in, say, Dance for Me, Oh, On Your Knees etc. I can’t get enough of any of it!

      • I’m so honored that the music made a good impression! I do enjoy evoking a wide range of emotional expression in my singing; it’s really satisfying to me as an artist to go really sweet or really dark in a song. ^_^

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