Saint Solitude

Saint Solitude

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Rock - Indie/Low-Fi | Harpswell, Maine, United States
Total Song Plays: 2   
Member Since: 2015
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: R.E.M., Coldplay

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Journal of Retreat

2010

Journal of Retreat has all the characteristics of a great pop album: immediate hooks and extended-release sleepers, driving anthems and layered...

By Some Great Storm

2011

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...

Flux Camoufleurs, Volume I

2015

This is Saint Solitude's first collection of instrumentals; the far reaches, buried treasures, bagged peaks, and near misses of a wayward ear.

A Crack in the Snow Mortar

2013

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...

By Some Great Storm

2011

Rock - Indie/Low-Fi

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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