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August 14, 2016 10 years – and a sale

It dawned on me recently that it’s been 10 years this summer since I started labeling my bedroom and storage space recordings as SAINT SOLITUDE!

What started as an unaccompanied means to reclaim the songwriting obsession I had let lapse come college was, within 2 years, a full-blown project with a self-released EP and a handful of apprehensive solo gigs under its belt. By the time of the bittersweet demise of my band The Cardinal Heart (should’ve kept the name!), I was already booked for a 2-week tour up the East Coast – something I had always dreamed of doing.

Since then there have been about a half dozen incarnations of SS in solo, trio, and quartet versions, at least that many tours across the U.S., and a proud catalog that spans the myriad dynamics and wonders of all I’ve heard.

SS has always been a project for me and my druthers, but it was once my contribution to a scene: a small circle of fellow star- and shoe-gazers amassed over a few years of playing shit bars and drinking cheap beers in parking lots, laughing and aching much of the way, often at the same time.

In the 4 years since I’ve stopped touring, though, my music has felt increasingly bereft of a community. I live in Oakland now, and my first year here has been nothing short of devastating in the wake of losing one of my best friends. As I was grieving (as if that will ever only exist in the past tense), music was a remote idea, hardly tangible for the first time in…a decade? Instead of it being a confidant or secret weapon, like it had always been, it was an obscured ideal, out of my reach. I was desperate not to lose it completely, despite knowing it was almost out of my control.

Some semblance of clarity seems closer now, and I feel like celebrating and sublimating. As I try to find my liberatory equipment and a path towards a new album reflecting this last year’s journey, I’d like to shine a light on what a decade has created:

For the rest of August, I’ve knocked the price of all my albums on Bandcamp to $5 (EPs $2) and am also offering the entire digital SS catalog for a mere $18!!!

That’s 4 albums, 2 EPs, and more for the cost of one vinyl LP.

Click here to purchase.

half off sale

I’m generally averse to crowdfunding for new albums, but I see this as a type of back catalog Kickstarter aimed at getting me back into the studio sooner than later.

I know many of you have seen the videos and streamed the albums on the web; please consider a small investment today to help me carve out a new future for this project. I might just start playing shows again in return…

Thanks for everyone who’s been there along the way and to the new folks in the Oakland scene whom I hope to meet soon out at the shows and in the woods. To another decade,

Dup

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