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NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2015 /Daily Offbeat/ — At noon today, Psyche Corporation launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of their upcoming album, “Romance of the Counter-Elite.”

Psyche Corporation is a fairytale cyber/steampunk band from a different reality. It was named after a dream manufacture group from a future where neural implants allow people to download dreams from the Internet. Songs deal in dystopian themes as well as more lighthearted filk works, such as “Perl-Operated Boy.” The musical style spans genres of trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music.

Psyche Corporation is fronted by Psyche Chimère, a former Ladies of Steampunk model and programmer. The songstress spoke exclusively with Daily Offbeat about the new album.

The band’s sound is described as electro-rock music, which makes most people think of EDM.

“I think you could probably dance to this music, yeah,” Psyche said.

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“But because of the focus on dystopian storytelling, it’s less like traditional EDM and more like a mythology play, or magical realism story excerpt, that you can kind of dance to.”

Is that like clubbing?

“Like clubbing with ancient space-faring humans in the woods, maybe,” Psyche said. “No, it’s probably not like clubbing at all. It’s dancing to a sci-fi fantasy book.”

The band already recorded the five songs for the EP and “wait only to be mastered and then sent off for manufacture into physical CDs,” reads the official statement from Psyche Corporation.

The fundraiser will cover costs of mastering and manufacture. “It is also a convenient way to pre-order the CD while obtaining limited edition swag,” according to the Kickstarter page.

“Anything left over (assuming we have anything left over) will go toward producing and shipping the swag listed in the rewards. Everything after that (hypothetically speaking) would go toward the next Psyche Corp. music video, which is a long way off but doesn’t hurt to plan for.”

The new Psyche Corporation album is planned for release in late fall 2015.

The album features an adaptation of “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. The remaining songs of the new album cover dark and multi-layered themes, especially focusing on dystopian storylines.

“Monarchy” describes a cycle of oppression perpetrated by successive demagogues who each promise to liberate the poor from misery, if only they will help overthrow the current monarch.

“Nine Lives” describes a country where all citizens are born with nine distinct personalities, and must choose only one to survive into adulthood, destroying the remaining eight on the Battleground of Dreams Forsaken.

“Dance for Me” is an exploration of how the counter-elite are seduced by the elite to join in a corrupt power structure that they may never find the courage to overthrow.

“Lady Perilous” is a song sung by a Siren who delights in luring sailors to their deaths.

Psyche Corp. has upcoming shows at QXTs in Newark, NJ on Sept. 5th, opening for Alter Der Ruine. The band will also be performing at RuffleCon in Stamford, CT on Friday October 2nd, opening for Rasputina. More info on upcoming shows here:

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