By Some Great Storm

by Saint Solitude

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1.
Carry this upon my weary back In case you cannot see, you’ll know where it’s at “Dammit all to hell,” I cry I just could never find peace I guess you know we’re coping and yes, you’re helping us forget So here’s a drink to hoping Yes, yes I can’t shake the shackles Swoon with riptides uneven I’m out of luck, I’m out of my element Put it to truth! I was left here with an important note Yet it seems unclear exactly what was wrote History of the future printed on a tee shirt When will I move closer to the place that I began, drawing in the sand?
2.
Let me know how it feels Not a whisper, so create a commotion Leaped upside a two-track, fit for a soundtrack Not knowing where to go No idea when to shine How bitter is the sweet? How honey the hardship of an easy success handed to you? Let me know how it feels Let me know how you come to place value on the friends that you left in the dark I just wonder how you got here
3.
04:31
You can see for yourself all the damage planted here, stood my ground Lifted chins up Bullets softly overhead Careful not to wake I accept this challenge with an ovation Won’t go, you won’t go, you won’t go away Hide away in city parks, the unlikely spots No one will miss us if we just don’t go out, never leave the house Avoid another foul endured, the requisite slight My mind searching for a new guilt Solutions, solutions Memory, oh memory Memory, its toll Scattered prospects up the coast Every compromise a toast Sat repeating myself over again Fragments better in I am
4.
When I passed by Motown it was in bloom Without the high rise fortune, there was nothing left to lose Chin up, young wonder! Happened once when we were together Trembled to the point of stutter Take me on this century march Has it been so long since you’ve had a kickstart? Did away with expectations Absolutely wanted none of that Granted, I had all my hopes lined up neatly on the dash instead
5.
We’re all innocent, we’re all outcasts and you’re contracted genius and I combat my weakness as the flames climb the walls, soundtracked to Mahler Cast as the heroes Lamented and admired Holy works surround but no one’s heard my call til now Don’t you wish you’d peered deeper? Don’t you wish you’d heard? I can compete with all this hanging history I was the first to drip, en plein air I carved out a niche, I’ll cut off all of my limbs Then I fell in love Now you’ll remember me
6.
Head to fire, seek out the warmth You can’t be serious, you can’t be in control of this anymore You’ve asked that favor one too many times The sunken trophy lights, what with their pride Can’t outdo your careful pantomime Wind the bell, but no one’s safe Fall from good graces all around Keep the climb on, but still surrounded by giants every which way Come some one or thing and shake me free! Wish for you I was mistaken Come some crueler fate and break this reverie!
7.
04:56
Things don’t just stop And I really hope you don’t believe there’s permanence at the top I know I’m made of nothing but anecdotes are something Double-cross the sentiments that I invited Give ‘em up It truly was an act of something, felt like lightning Clearly, clearly we’re cut from better cloth Clearly, clearly our words have turned us soft What monsters we crave for, struggling to stay or be forgotten Patterns have not left me, led me in What monsters we crave for If we could let the violence be forgotten We’d slip away with heavy hearts and move on We cast our net away but notice nothing’s changed Not enough to stay
8.
This plan on my mind I’ve got to stop and make a peace I will only grant 3 wishes unto my pride In the exact conditions Found wandering out on the roof again So used to thinking a trick’s afoot Humbling words taught me just to stay put I no longer have the urge to share my misery with the world and who would listen? It’s enough to keep it contained, keep it from overtaking, keep it from spilling forth All I see in the world and all I fear in the world Is matched in a girl Unlucky the pearl who tries to match the girl Keep in mind, your ideas don’t have to die And they might be just right
9.
A man who decides tomorrow carries the burden of follow And I’ve sat a whisper away from where the words been kept They’ve been stuck in my mouth all along My god, the rites are wrong! I thought I knew the way, the cardinal points Don’t wait for me, dear, it won’t become clearer the closer the date looms ahead of us A lifetime repeated onstage So common-sad, nothing is gained We’re not so far from the lake now Yes, it’s been that long Guess it’s been a while since we noticed there’s more satellites than stars in focus And we tremble at the thought Now that you’re helpless and small, the reward’s left waiting to fall Capture the light on the backseat in a coffee can, the getaway van Don’t wait for me, dear, it won’t become clearer The choice to collect what I know could come nearer And I only quote my heroes in the mirror
10.
Call this a defeat when your weapon’s made for peace Wherever this will take me Crystal shining clear The future held so dear If only I could settle down, if only I could warn them! The curious weights And in a sudden flash, the world came into view Hidden suns only we knew But yours are no less true! We gathered what washed ashore just sample something more Something freer than we’d ever be If only I could stay so sweet and not too old, and still a little beautiful Captured, in awe This is me enraptured and spun
11.
Back to my old allies, splitting time with yellow lines Now I’ve got a dream in motion and it has no home She’s travelling alone Can you live too fast, dear? A certain weight upon this day Can you live too fast, dear? We’ll make with disposable truth “To hell with that!” says Arielle the ghost Another land I could’ve known Says Arielle the ghost
12.
Don’t feel natural here, waiting for a sea to appear and open up this great divide, American and blue-eyed Hey kid, look at what you did Don’t feel natural here, so I exit without a cheer “but who’s ungrateful for a home?” a wanderer did moan Won’t feel natural here, even if you were to appear and open up this flatland tide, American and cross-eyed Hey kid, look at what you did

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The latest offering from Saint Solitude is once again a melting pot of buoyant, engaging rock songs. After having lived and toured with the songs that made up his debut for a better part of 2 years, main songwriter Dup Crosson found himself toying with a number of exciting new influences; learning folk songs by way of Woody Guthrie and Tom Waits, and revisiting the early soul records of the 1950s and 60s. Rejuvenated by the live band that backed him for his 2010 gigs and inspired by these new influences, it only seemed fit to write the type of album he'd always wanted to make: a big, sparkling rock record. Choosing this time to record solely in the studio, the new songs soon revealed themselves to be deserving of only the most massive of drum and guitar sounds, peppered with cello, trumpet, glockenspiel, organ, and homemade music boxes. Producer Andrew Schatzberg helped manage these lofty ambitions into bold and cohesive landscapes, bringing Crosson's delicate, heartfelt vocals to the foreground.

Much like all the output of Saint Solitude, By Some Great Storm builds on a bed of charismatic pop. From there, it quickly journeys through the reaches of soaring arena rock ("Lifted," "Put It To Truth"), sidewinding art house fictions ("Reflections of A Gallery Janitor"), and reflective piano ballads, the latter demonstrated most gloriously with the closing lullaby "Dreams Of Increase," which brings the album to a close with a chorus of sweeping cellos. Whereas the previous album Journal of Retreat was built on reserves of gleaming delay and reverb, By Some Great Storm is positively adrift in bittersweet fuzz, and is the first album of Crosson's to heavily reference his beloved Smashing Pumpkins. The album is an impassioned and confident statement from a musician who wants to remind us how good it feels to be swept away by an ocean of guitars.

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released September 27, 2011

written and performed by Dup Crosson. Produced by Andrew Schatzberg and Dup Crosson. Recorded and mixed at Landslide Studio September 2010-May 2011. Mastered by Brent Lambert at the Kitchen.

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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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