Journal of Retreat

by Saint Solitude

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Journal of Retreat has all the characteristics of a great pop album: immediate hooks and extended-release sleepers, driving anthems and layered musings. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dup Crosson, the musician behind Saint Solitude, weaves a collection of twelve songs that is a watershed moment for this young artist.

Alternating between indie rock, shoegaze and Britpop, drums drive without being clichéd, guitars are hypnotic and playful, urgent and spacey, the keyboards atmospheric, and guest contributions of trumpet and cello add a blast of Beatlesque color and musicality. At the helm of it all is Crosson’s voice and brilliant harmonies, his compelling performances articulating the smart and spacious melodies.

The sometimes low-fi aesthetic (Crosson recorded the album in a small rented home in the mountains of NC) makes for an intimate listen, haunting and blissful. Producer Andrew Schatzberg, brought in to mix, brings a dreamy and distressed aesthetic to the mix, à la Radiohead meets The Flaming Lips.

Released by Alive and Well Records.

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released February 2, 2010

Recorded at a small red house in Asheville, NC January-April 2009. Produced by Dup Crosson and Andrew Schatzberg. Mixed by Andrew Schatzberg. Except "Flocking Disaster" recorded, produced and mixed by Andrew Schatzberg.

Mastered by Brent Lambert and Kevin Hering at the Kitchen, Chapel Hill, NC.

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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: Soft Contact
Soft Contact

when I woke up to this feeling
i felt soaked in my bones like I'd never planned to be lonely
i just need somebody to hear this favor for me

what's it done for me?
what's it done for me?
what's it done for me?

then i cast out all of these notions
is this the first of many years alone?
or what's to come? the soft contact?
will I compromise this indifference?

any claims to the stars
can't be taken with ours and matched with
smoke from an empty bar

what's it done for me?
what's it done for me?
what's it done for me?
Track Name: Let's Try It
Let's Try It

so who's to blame?
we're asking for a change but we're not getting anywhere today
not with this rain
not with this narrow lack of faith
defeat the darkest side of grey

commit to doom- you might as well assume
your life's no better, your love's an empty womb

so if you think we'll get away with it
all we've got to do is pray for it

weren't we talking about being really something worth explaining?

so if you think we'll get away with it
all we've got to do is pray for it
Track Name: And After
And After

they'll lead sad and expensive lives,
find truth in one another's eyes
extensive lies run deeper than my imagination
the fear creates the threat, my love
a victim of the modern age

resist this slow momentum
before (and after) it eats you and all your friends alive
once and for all

dreams will rise to the fallout lines
the drawn out stakes that we've replaced
fools don't cry for accepting why
we live as if we never asked the question

resist this slow momentum
before (and after) it eats you and all your friends alive
once and for all
Track Name: Danger's Hollow
Danger's Hollow

evil eye, where are you?
your threats mean nothing in danger's hollow
so we're not going there no more, no no

it's not for us or anyone with design in their minds

winners, like winners

been countin' through with fingertips
like newspapers sold on skid row
you've been living like a phantom
what a production, what a show;
it's unbelievable!

winners, like winners

we'd like to believe that you are a queen
Track Name: Dodger
Dodger

the record skips on a travellin' tune
makes me feel like I don't know what to do

our bodies claim the dark distress
and last week was a mess
well was it better than the rest, dear?

my fingers guide the needle back
but once you're off the tracks...

DODGER, you come on strong
you're half surprises and one half gone
our summer/talent washed away from day to day to day
with neon eyes to grey
but we're dancing all the same

conversations steal the stage
but soon a drifter gets his way
on a microphone or a DJ's case

we're not bowing to the state
cos we're deflecting soviet hate
we like the noise so we stay up late
Track Name: So Much for the Secret
So Much for the Secret

blank puzzle, nine pieces
three hearts were buried underneath
no concept, ill emotion
the boroughs were blanketed with sound

and if we even tried, we wouldn't find out why
so much for the secret
and all we ever knew was just a book to you

found the time to hold up your glass of wine
you'll try, you'll find
everything we see, believe, conceive,
where we all agree

the right pocket to discover and recover islands from the blue
in a cottage in the country, you learn something from your solitude

but I hate it when I need it, so I keep a secret
and I could never claim pure providence, this confidence

it takes patience to hear the story
the books beneath the bed
it takes courage to speak with royal blood

we are slightly accelerating
Track Name: Dream States
Dream States

the story's changed, but you're on my side
I can't defend or stop asking why
miracles will happen, leisure has arrived

that's how we go 'round here

wonder, what will become?
insignificant trials are won
but any road would have you believe that
it's a wonder to stop make-believin'

that's how we go 'round here

I've reached a point
I'm not sure what I need
with you came a curse through a blessing
Track Name: Give It A Name
Give It A Name

Only when I wanted would I ask for, would I pray to
I would call out to a spectre

but why must the most unfamiliar be the most unoriginal too?

I had only the vaguest ideas of what I was doing, or what I had started
but a child understands the traditions at hand

I have only myself to blame now
to give it a name, how?

I can argue both sides with a pen or a knife

you can't just depend on the land
you can't just rely on a man
you can't just depend on the land
you can't just rely on a man

fascination overcome
fascination overcome
Track Name: Car Crash Headline
Car Crash Headline

I arrive on holiday
you believe it's something else
what were my opinions,?
2 years and it's hard to tell

afternoon has taken everybody else by storm
but darkness will invite us
lead us to the ocean floor

oh it looks like trouble, looks can kill me
an order of abominations
looks like trouble, looks can kill me
should've believed her, boy, should've believed her, boy

far away the family glows
burning up in retail fire
the thought of books that tell me,
tell me how to waste my time

car crash headline
car crash headline
Track Name: The Afterlife Is A Slideshow
The Afterlife is A Slideshow

I've been setup, configured, bound to be disappointed
The way that things are going- I'll be put to sleep
I'm off to sea again

You stay at your house and I'll build up my palace
It's not a promise to defend a lady's honour

It's a travesty!

If only it was easy to say "I did it just to be contrary"
Just to fall astray from the notion of why traditions stand tall
Apologies, my biology's grown cold

but I'm spinnin, I'm spinnin on monorail in a slideshow
Track Name: Flocking Disaster
Flocking Disaster

a tidal wave, a burst of flames
a blinding light will lead the way

darkness found across the sound
a cold you can't imagine now has thwarted power

the noise just came across our lane
it's louder now, but silence can't explain where we are- it only breaks us down

my people are flocking disaster
my people are flocking disaster

newsman said we've filled our heads
the lines he writes so easily misread

we choke to sing thru everything
and expectations of happy endings

ask where we are cos science breaks us down

my people are flocking disaster
my people are flocking disaster

the car's gone dead
the radio's off
we better run
we better run

at least we think we're getting somewhere
it's given us a reason
at least we think we're getting somewhere
we'll never set foot alone again
Track Name: Domino Destroy
Domino Destroy

wherein you present the facts,
where are you when time attacks?
unexpected
you create essential noise
for ghosts of little girls and boys

the season's wearin' down on my soul

blackmail every audience, alternate the consequence
remember childhood often
titles still retain meaning if they still remain

the season's wearin' down on my soul
at a speed I can't conceive

domino destroy what's left

spring and summer, all you wanted
can I turn it off?