Listen to Aims: Paste exclusive stream

The new album is now available for listening before release date thanks to Paste. Order a physical copy from Port Merchandise, or a digital copy from Bandcamp.

Aims album release and tour interviews

Several in-depth, featured conversations with Vienna have been published in print and on the web.

Features:
Pollstar
No Depression
BUST

NPR:
WCBE
WFAE

Local highlights:
Chicago Sun-Times
The Suburbanite
Ann Arbor Observer
Charlotte Observer

Kickstarter campaign: music video for “Level Up”

Vienna has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a music video for the opening track of the album, “Level Up.” Several different reward levels are available, including pre-order packages for Aims, personal interaction through phone calls or a private Stageit concert, and opportunities to be in the video. The campaign ends on September 3.

Featured in USA Today: 3 Songs from New Album

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The new album has a title (Aims), a cover image (a population change map of Detroit by data visualization artist Stephen Von Worley), and is now available for pre-order.

Pre-ordering the album allows you to download three songs immediately: “The Hymn of Acxiom,” “Close to Home” and “In the 99.” You can also read the backstory, lyrics and recording credits for each song on Bandcamp, as well as download “The Hymn of Acxiom” for free (just put $0 when you “purchase” it).

USA Today interviewed Vienna for an exclusive preview feature. From the story:

The Hymn of Acxiom is…a beautiful work that gets progressively creepier as it continues. Teng uses the piece to capture the way people related to technology and the information gathered about them, and there’s almost a religious quality to it.

“I think the reason we agree to be spied on, basically, is that, on some level, we do want to be known,” she says. “There is that unsettling parallel with religion and the way technology works now. At some level, as human beings, we have this deep need, this deep desire to be understood, to be seen, to have the sense that someone knows everything we do.

“Then there’s the question of what that entity does with that knowledge. In religion, the message is that God loves you and embraces you while holding you accountable for being your best self. Whether Acxiom databases do that is much more questionable.”

Deluxe version of the album are available for pre-order in the merchandise store: CD books with full artwork, USB drives with video extras, and other items. For digital download only, pre-order through Vienna’s Bandcamp site.

Interviews from Lafayette 148 and Ploughshares

While Vienna continues her adventures in the studio, she’s managed to make time for a couple of interviews which explore the background of her new album.

Speaking with Lafayette 148 New York, Vienna shares a bit about the direction of her pre-album photo shoot, and some inspirations for her current work.

Going more in depth, Vienna takes on different topics from Ellery‘s Tasha Golden, for her interview series on Ploughshares. Past and previous influences from books and poetry are explored, and extends to the work of songwriters. Also, a wider discussion is opened up with questions for readers and Vienna’s fans.