FREE IN 2010!
Essex Chanel making all their music FREE IN 2010! YES! ALL 249 Songs! YES! All 11 Albums!
Essex Chanel releasing new album Love is Proximity Sessions, Disk 2 - January 26th, 2010

Essex Chanel, a Chicago based indie/rock/pop/folk/experimental band, is making all their music available for FREE IN 2010! YES! ALL 249 songs! YES! ALL 11 Albums!  And that includes anything else Essex Chanel releases this year. In addition to having every album/song free, every album/song is streaming off essexchanel.com.

It’s good timing too!  The 3rd installment of the Love is Proximity 4-CD set releases on January 26th, 2010 via Sweet Goodness (label & management). The collection of songs contains 11 more fantastic tracks from the Love is Proximity project. This is the second Sessions disk out of 3 and adds more available tracks to Essex Chanel's 8th album, called Love is Proximity which released on September 29th, 2009 and has received some great reviews from press and fans alike.

"Not many bands can pull off a song about skinny-dipping and have it sound charming instead of creepy, but Essex Chanel is schooled in all kinds of charm, filtered through frontman Travis Lee Wiggins’ vision..." - AV Chicago

CD of the month (September 2009) - "Essex Channel captures both a sense of dense orchestration and the intimate sound of bedroom recordings...Wiggins keeps every track fresh and moving...." - The Deli Chicago

"a sublime collection of songs full of bouncy melodies and charming instrumentation...an irresistible piece of indie pop...." - Taylor, Music For Ants

"A -...the end result is sugary sweet, inside and out." - Rachel Helm, Redefine Magazine

"The songs take an honest look at love, both the good and the bad aspects of it....." - C.W.Ross, IndieMusicStop.com & C.W.'s Place

"...takes a similarly sweet, melodic approach, sometimes simple and straightforward...sometimes lush and full of instrumentation..." - Frank Krolicki, Examiner.com & Windy City Rock

This album is free as part of Essex Chanel’s FREE IN 2010 promotion. 3 songs are released as “singles” or as tracks that represent the group of songs well. Please post these on your site/listen to them!

That Girl From St. Louis - http://www.thatgirlfromstlouis.loveisproximity.com

Some Kind of Diversion - http://www.somekindofdiversion.loveisproximity.com

So You Wouldn’t Go to the Weezer Concert – http://www.soyouwouldntgototheweezerconcert.loveisproximity.com

Love is Proximity Sessions, Disk 2 is available digitally only, right now for FREE through Essex Chanel’s FREE IN 2010 promotion. There are pictures and press at Essex Chanel's main site's press section (direct link = http://www.essexchanel.com/press.htm)  There are some great pictures, especially still shots from the music video for Skinny Dippin' (to be released in the coming months)!

If you're not familiar with Essex Chanel's Love is Proximity, I would suggest you take a listen to the official album before the Sessions Disks. The album has what Travis Lee Wiggins thought were the best tracks from the project.

Here is the link to Love is Proximity’s fist single, Skinny Dippin', available for a free download (please share!):


Here's a direct link to download the whole Love is Proximity album as a zip (with album cover artwork):


What follows is the press release for the Love is Proximity Project which has more info on the project as a whole. I'll talk to you soon, and thanks, and keep up the good work!

Travis Lee Wiggins,
Sweet Goodness
mail (at) sweetgoodnessmusic (dot) com


Essex Chanel's Upcoming Show Schedule:

March 4th, 2010
Uncommon Ground
w/ guitar, banjo, violin
1401 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
w/ opener


For Immediate Release

Essex Chanel To Released Love is Proximity September 29th, 2009
on Sweet Goodness
8th studio album, triple album sessions collection, multimedia goodies, free single mp3’s! album streaming!

CHICAGO, Illinois - Chicago’s cross-genre musical project Essex Chanel is released it’s 8th (not counting The Album is Dead or the song-a-day January 2007 project) official studio album September 29th, 2009 on Sweet Goodness, a hot new indie label/management entity based in Chicago. Entitled Love is Proximity, the project took over 2 years to complete and consists of 42 love songs.  The best tracks, selected by band leader Travis Lee Wiggins himself (10 total), are being released as a traditional album called Love is Proximity.  The remaining 32 songs will be released as Love is Proximity Sessions Disks 1, 2, & 3 with two months in between each release.

With Love is Proximity, Wiggins wanted to make a completely accessible mainstream album.  Since mainstream music is dominated by love songs (for the simple reason that most of us experience love in some way or another), he decided to take all the love songs he had completed that hadn’t been recorded and start Love is Proximity. They lyrics had that intentional mainstream pop flatness, which has a waters down words so that they can be sung by anybody.

Begun in December of 2006, Travis worked on the album in any spare moment he had around his other bands and projects (The Salts, Fetla, Dolphins Swimming, and even some other Essex Chanel albums such as Dancing at Weddings). The guiding principle used was that “Love is Proximity could be played in a Starbuck’s and sold at the front counter,” said Wiggins.

While most Essex Chanel albums are written & recorded solely by Travis Lee Wiggins, Love is Proximity uses a multitude of Chicago musicians (9 to be exact) playing a very wide array of instruments to give this album’s songs a very dense and unique texture. Here, Wiggins becomes at times an arranger, mixer, and composer—going beyond simply writing and performing—working with other musicians to create melodies for Essex Chanel songs. Wiggins continues on Love is Proximity to do the mixing, producing, and mastering from his Beware of Dog Studios as on other Essex Chanel albums, and the recordings have an attention to detail that makes this album sparkle.  Some tracks, such as “Skinny Dippin’” are packed so full of instrumentation that the song becomes an elaborate texture of swimming instruments, while still maintaining the separation where a listener can hear each instrument selectively.  Other songs are simplified, not wasting a note, and straight to the heart, such as “Already in Heaven.” On most of Love is Proximity Wiggins’s vocals are bare and sitting on top of the mix, without added harmonies or overdubs or reverb, like Wiggins is sitting in your living room singing you a song.

Lots of multimedia items have been created for Love is Proximity.  A website at www.loveisproximity.com is dedicated towards the project and is where you can find lots of goodies.  There is a free song book with all the songs’ lyrics with chords, videos of Wiggins showing you how to play Love is Proximity songs, free songs (such as the first single ‘Skinny Dippin’) from the album and session, you can listen to the complete album as a stream, videos of live performances of the songs, alternative versions and mixes, complete liner notes, stories of songs, and much more. Advance downloads of the album are available through most popular downloading sites.

Official Website: www.loveisproximity.com, www.essexchanel.com, www.sweetgoodnessmusic.com

Genre – pop, indie, folk, love, rock, singer/songwriter

Schedule of Releases:
Love is Proximity: September 29th, 2009
Love is Proximity Sessions, Disk 1: November 24th, 2009
Love is Proximity Sessions, Disk 2: January 26th, 2010
Love is Proximity Sessions, Disk 3: March 23rd, 2010
CD Release Show: September 2009
First Promotional Tour:  East Coast Tour September 2009 Completed

Press Contact:
Travis Lee Wiggins,
Sweet Goodness Music
mail (at) sweetgoodnessmusic (dot) com