A Crack in the Snow Mortar

by Saint Solitude

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Songwriting has always been a form of mapmaking for Dup Crosson - a chance to sculpt a landscape out of nothing and mark one's place in the world. Saint Solitude's third release, A Crack in the Snow Mortar, outlines numerous references to maps and oceans, making it obvious this project has not lost its sense of exploration.

The raucous opener "Simple Horrors" sets the pace for Crosson's new-found confidence in grit and volume, neatly stacking a wall of guitars over his typically urgent lyrical pleas: "will I fall in love?" From there the album expands like a starfish. "Anyone But Me" channels Beck in its alchemy of acoustic guitars and synthesized beats, and both "Future Crimes" and the instrumental "Falcon Melt" land on some of the loudest material Crosson has written to date. On an album that brazenly runs to the extremes, the less flashy numbers ("Common Elder," "The Incredible Escape") sound more glorious than ever in the careful restraint of their arrangements.

ACITSM is a lean affair, clocking in at just over 35 minutes, but promises potency in its brevity. In the same fashion as his debut, Journal of Retreat, the songs were recorded at a home studio and feel natural in their variety as a result. After returning to his native state of Maine, Crosson has made a homecoming record true to his myriad influences and lofty ambitions.

While the project is on an indefinite touring hiatus, Crosson is already halfway finished with a companion record, with a release planned for mid 2014.

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released September 17, 2013

Written, performed, and produced by Dup Crosson.

Drums and piano recorded to tape by Mark Alan Miller in Winter 2013 at Sonelab. Everything else recorded Winter and Spring 2013 at Boy Island by Dup Crosson. Additional guitars recorded in various locations and crime scenes in Asheville, NC and Lisbon, ME by Dup Crosson, 2011-2013.

Mixed by Jose Ayerve at Mobile Womb, Summer 2013.

Mastered by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab, August 2013.

Cover art by Brendan Bullock.

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Saint Solitude Oakland, California

Saint Solitude is the musical persona of Maine native Dup Crosson.

Depending on the day, or the song, Crosson alternates between the roles of loop artist, multi-instrumentalist, and perhaps most importantly, songwriter. He combines his favorite elements of Britpop, shoegaze, post-punk, and psychedelia into accessible and immediately appealing pop songs hereby known as BITTERSWEET FUZZ. ... more

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Track Name: Simple Horrors
follow landslides, but this one's gonna last
battle cries lost in the static of the fight
we'll get one more chance to make this happen

so if i hurry now, try to capture it, will i get it right?
see another way to an open plain, but i've got this sinking doubt
and it's no excuse for a falling out like i thought it was
will i fall in love?

and if i can't see you, what good is this truth?

follow landscapes, but this one's gonna pass
the unfaithful suckered me again
and it's cruel to ask me why
as if i could explain the simple horrors of our days

we'll get one more chance to make this happen

i've got unopened plans
Track Name: Anyone But Me
even if i could go back
even if it worked like that
id' be up against a wall letting conversation fall

anyone but me could've seen
but i'll get even

now that we can read the stone
the calculation's left us with clay and bone
the combination's wrong
the secret handshake's gone

anyone but me could've seen
but i can't even fight

shut out all the news
paint a picture with what clues?
is it any wonder how, why, or what we're made of now?
Track Name: Decided to Argue
knockin down a flower to mark the second hour
you see who's got the power?
the girl inside the tower let down ruby hair
when the fairy tale lies, you don't care

decided to argue

but i can see you waiver
so i can ask a favor
weren't we just being neighbors?
the stories that i gave her and all that we've saved
dotted trails on the maps that we made

(a drink to all)
a drink to never knowing
(a cheers to all)
a cheers to all the strangers
(the strangers who)
who are only moving where the winds are blowing
Track Name: Common Elder
shoot the fantasy down and take the daydream away
i am still awake
dirty all of the springs and dry up the lake
my eyes are open wide

and if you pass on by, keep your head
"we're just followers of the crowd," she said

pick at the mountaintop map and carve out the cliffsides
show us what's beneath
and in the caramel core
we've all lost our way
it's a matter of how far
Track Name: Future Crimes
i spill out no designs for my peers to crucify
i gather my supplies but silence is justified
and you'll understand just why

so where to, and with whom?
this winter is not immune to neglect and to doom
it has its own heavy swoon
and you'll understand the wasted times
and you'll understand future crimes

i want out from within!
what a tired story to begin
but i can't seem to give it up

don't let me give up on this

now that i know it's true
we've all seen it through and through
the endless search for clues
you can waste a life or two just waiting for the spark to drop
Track Name: Snow Mortar
strange how we walk inside these lines
never it once occurred to step outside their narrow confines
funny the way you choose your lines
happy enough to simply compromise

abandon the friends from older days
steering the ship: a captain crazed with limited ways
the talented only go so far
the manic and motivated superstar crashed the car

a crack in the snow mortar
a face that you know
a few more to go
the night of a slow murder
a face that you know
a few more to go
a crack in the snow mortar
Track Name: The Incredible Escape
the incredible escape, the master crime
the father of them both has taken flight
an illusion left to chance and left to die
you can't explain away the world

you took it all away
and rearranged the shapes
you took it all away
but someone's counting on me today

and if only i could tell just one difference
between the days of all that confidence
and the ones that fall beneath hollow monuments
i gave it my all, ghosts and parting gifts

he knows what i like
all good things trapped in time

i took the easy way out
but i don't know the other way out
what is left to escape?

but that won't stop me
Track Name: Cryptozoo
i'm well-fed and i'm lived in,
got a camera, got a battery
gonna walk all over
this apartment where i'm living has en engine,
i'm out the window
come crashing down

i've got a memory
i won the lottery
i've got a memory
but can i afford it?

i've gotta give thanks to the lights of the suburban
and the secrets of the little cities
the mountains claim the rivers and the rivers claim the gardens
gonna spill right over

the cadence and valor
the salt air in my lungs