The reactivated Throwing Muses today wrapped up initial recording sessions for the 4AD band’s first new album in eight years, a process that frontwoman Kristin Hersh and her bandmates have documented through a series of short, in-studio video clips that they posted to their Vimeo channel.

On Twitter today, Hersh announced, “Loose ends tied up in the studio, everybody’s going home… sad but, a year and a half in the making, the record sounds exactly as it should.” Earlier she tweeted, “Can’t believe we’re pulling off a Muses record.”

Last January, Hersh — saying she’d begun work on the first new Muses record since the band’s 2003 self-titled album — began posting demos online and soliciting funding for the project through the CASH Music platform she co-founded. Fans could become “Strange Angels” by buying packages ranging from $30 per quarter (free music and guest-list spots) to $5,000 (executive producer credit on her next album).

The Muses — Hersh, bassist Bernie Georges and drummer Dave Narcizo (but apparently not Tanya Donelly, who left the band in 1991 but contributed backing vocals to the 2003 disc) — are expected to release the new record later this year, but, for now, you can download Hersh’s 12 demos (and still contribute to the project) or watch the 31 in-studio videos (like the clip above) posted from Stable Sound Studio in Portsmouth, R.I.

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