Kickstarting new music from Sassafrass, who created the insanely great Icelandic saga opera

I wrote about sf writer and historian Ada Palmer's music before — heart-stoppingly beautiful music about space and Icelandic gods — and now's your chance to help bring more of it to life.

Ada and her group Sassafrass are kickstarting two new albums of "close harmony a cappella story and myth music." $15 gets you the digital versions, $25 gets you CDs, $75 gets you access to a "secret album," and at $250, Ada and her partner Lauren will make a new, custom recording just for you.

Sassafrass's music literally made me cry the first time I heard it.

"Stories and Stone" is a companion album to our Norse Myth song cycle "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" which was funded by an earlier Kickstarter and released on CD and DVD in Spring 2015. "Stories and Stone" contains alternate arrangements of most of the music from the Sundown project, plus our encore Space exploration anthem "Somebody Will". The music is finished, and the goal of this campaign is to raise the funds to produce the CD by the end of this summer. If we make our first stretch goal we will also release a second CD during the next year, "Friend in the Dark," collecting experimental arrangements of our Norse music and many of Ada's earlier songs, which have been out of print while we concentrated on the Sundown project, performed by Ada and Lauren Schiller, performing as the duo "Sassafrass: Trickster & King."

The music for "Stories and Stone" is already complete, which means backers will receive an instant digital download once the campaign is done. Physical CDs will ship no later than September 2015. You can already listen to the entire album streaming below. Several finished sample tracks from "Friend in the Dark" are also streaming here.

Sassafrass: Stories & Stone [Ada Palmer/Kickstarter]

(Thanks, Jo!)