Chicago recording artist Emilie Autumn is making her new album available without restriction in "high quality MP3 format" - she is fearless indeed. Of course the 22 year-old violinist/"fantasy rocker" also believes in faeries.
This from her press release:
- Traitor Records recording artist Emilie Autumn has released her long-awaited album, "Enchant," for free online download, a full six weeks ahead of the scheduled sale release date of February 26th. The album will remain online for an unlimited time period at www.emilieautumn.com. Autumn is not worried that she will lose sales due to the giveaway.
"My fans are real music lovers, and real music lovers will buy the real album, even if they already have a burned copy," she states. "They're smart enough to know that the sound quality of downloads don't compare to the real thing, and they want the artwork, the whole package. I believe that if someone doesn't go on to purchase the album come February 26th, then they most likely weren't going to anyway."
With a variety of alt-rock singles, EPs, and a classical violin album already under her metal-spiked belt, "Enchant" is the project both Autumn and her fans have been waiting for. Written in the style she calls "fantasy rock," the new album contains fourteen original songs ranging from harpsichord ballads and electric violin shredding displays to a reoccurring haunted music box and even a tango. But the music isn't the only thing that makes "Enchant" unique. Buyers of the hard copy on February 26th will find that the album's liner notes, together with the recorded songs, contain a musical treasure hunt known as the "Enchant Puzzle."
Designed by Autumn who sites Kit Williams' classic puzzle "Masquerade" as her inspiration, the game is won when someone discovers the key to the mythic Faerie Queene's treasures, which include a giant pair of crystal-encrusted wings among other items. Those with a net connection are encouraged to download, burn, and share the album from January 14th on, but the games will not begin until the official release date, as a hard copy of the album is needed to participate.