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(Listen to) four Soltero's tracks

Fundraising is over, 1943 is here.

More than 130 people helped us fund the album. Thanks to you, we've been able to master, manufacture the album and take care of little extras on the side. Now it's time to see Soltero live.

(Watch this) Soltero video


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Over the course of five albums, Soltero's fucking amazing music has been heard and shared across the globe, even despite the band's almost pathological resistance to self-promotion.

The forthcoming album, 1943, captures a time of confusion and renewal.  In late 2008, Tim Howard left Philadelphia and spent a year living and working in Central America, first in a small Nicaraguan town, then in the mountains of Guatemala, and finally in the hills of Chiapas.  He bought a spanish guitar and began writing the songs that would become 1943.  Tim moved to New York City in 2009 and landed a job with the NPR show Radiolab, and he began piecing together a new incarnation of Soltero with old friends Alex Drum and Ben Sterling.  

The time in Central America, fortunately, didn't make for an album of revolutionary folk songs. 1943 has Soltero's distinctive alchemy of effortless melodies and gallows-humor lyrics, and the record at turns recalls early R.E.M.'s cryptic beauty, Yo La Tengo's inventiveness, and the heart-on-sleeve charm of Nashville Skyline-era Dylan.  In its looseness, 1943 even suggests a return to Soltero's first album, 2001's Science Will Figure You Out.

1943 is the most joyful and realized Soltero album yet, 12 songs that grow richer and more complex with each listen.  We're thrilled to invite you to be part of this project.

Alex and Tim at the piano

Praise for You're No Dream

“...a strangeness both pretty and mysterious. The mood is richly defined and vague, crystal-clear and open. Ghosts of pop music past mingle with the musical perspective of one wandering would-be folk singer.” Pop Matters)

“... there is a depth in Soltero’s music that transcends genres and time periods, leaving you with a fantastic record and your dreams.” On Tap Magazine)

“Howard overlays his innocent, haunting melodies with vivid visual snippets and wraith-like vocals that veer imperceptibly from hope to deflated weariness.” CityPaper)

“The desperate little songs unravel as though from a dream, gently imposing their subtle melodies through repeated listens. ” Treble)

“Soltero never fails to grab your attention in a way quite unlike most of the bands populating the musical landscape nowadays. Give it time, give it patience, give it your full attention and You’re No Dream is sure to infest you just as it has me.” Donnybrook Writing Academy)

“...Soltero’s fifth full-length finds him coloring his customary ruminations on relationships with varying senses of place, a palpable feeling of motion and displacement.” The Phoenix)

“...better than a dream, a miracle.” POPnews)

Alex and Tim at the piano

For the time being, Tim Howard, is working on the his 1943 recording.

If everything goes well, the album will be out (CD and maybe vinyl) by the end of this year.

We might have some shows to announce soon too.

But for now, everything is under construction. And you build it with us.