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April 13, 2014 emblem“Simple Horrors” video premiere

At long last, I bring you the fruits of my collaboration with Brendan Bullock Photography: the new video for A CRACK IN THE SNOW MORTAR’s leadoff track, “Simple Horrors.”

Enjoy!


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January 19, 2014 emblemPosting videos in place of a video

Check out the video section for a handful of new and old songs performed on WMPG’s “Local Motives” back in November. I’m posting these for a taste of some of the new, quiet material I’ve been working on, and also because I’m anticipating the video for “Simple Horrors” to be done…sometime soon? It’s locked in the editing stage right now (11,000 photos is a lot of pictures to sort through). It’ll be worth the wait!

by Brendan Bullock Photography

 

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November 16, 2013 emblemDoes it matter where it came from?

Recently, I thought it might be a good experiment/challenge to see if I could write 7 songs in 7 days. It wasn’t for lack of new material to work with – I’m overwhelmed already – but more just to see if I could do it without repeating or hating myself.

Thought the idea had been in my head, its timing wasn’t planned. It started out unexpectedly, with 2 songs in 2 days coming out. Then I just decided to run with it.

For the first few days, all I needed was to place my hands on a guitar and spit out something quickly, and I’d have enough of a progression to work with – no second chances, just working with the first thing that came to mind. Some of the melodies that came out of this method were surprisingly catchy, and it dawned on me how random the writing process can be.

I found myself sticking to the tried-and-true guitar-with-vocal-accompaniment method for the most part, forcing myself to finish those bridges and endings right there and then – the ones that I so often procrastinate on. I tried a few new approaches with MIDI drums and instrumentals on the nights where it seemed I was abusing the muse.

All in all, I’d say I now have 3-4 songs of relatively decent quality to work with. More importantly, perhaps, I worked through some of those uncomfortable wrinkles and growing pains that can easily accompany the “in-between” songs. In a way, it was a means of fast-forwarding beyond the mediocre. A week after the experiment I wrote one of the most simple and gratifying songs I’ve written in years, in only 10 minutes. It otherwise would’ve taken me months to reach that point!

That being said, I have that many more songs to wade through for the next record…

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October 5, 2013 emblemExplanations begun

If’n you ever find yourself listening to my songs and wondering what the hell I’m saying, there are lyric links on each album page on this here website, including, as of today, A Crack in the Snow Mortar. If you download the album for free over at Bandcamp, the lyrics are embedded in each song file and will show up on your iProduct!

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August 14, 2013 emblemWhich way?

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August 4, 2013 emblemVideo Shooting: Day 3

The coastal merchant has appeared on the scene of our drawn-out video shoot for SIMPLE HORRORS.

coastal merchant

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July 16, 2013 emblemSweat bands, balloons, potions…

After such a relaxed pace of writing and recording for the past year plus, it feels nice to be busy again. There is a lot of Santo Soledad action to be had lately between finishing the new record A CRACK IN THE SNOW MORTAR, shooting a stop-motion video for the new single SIMPLE HORRORS, and trying to resurrect the live show again (fingers crossed, Fortuna).

Been running around the last few days collecting/making props for this new video! Who knew I’d ever need to spray paint a balloon. Or collect Sacagaweas. Or wear a wife beater.

We start shooting tomorrow at some woods I explored a lot as a kid- the beautiful Wolfe’s Neck State Park.

If you’d like to keep up to date, I’ve been updating the Twitter account more than anything lately. Follow me here and you’ll be blessed with many beautiful photographs by Brendan Bullock along the way.

I’ll have a date for that album release soon…and some artwork. Promise.

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July 3, 2013 emblemVideo shoot

In July, I’m teaming up with my friend and esteemed photographer Brendan Bullock to shoot a video for the new Saint Solitude single “Simple Horrors.” As is always the case with making a music video (as far as I’ve experienced), the process will be experimental first and foremost. I’m also counting on having a really fun time doing it. I love trying out new ideas to accompany my music, and I’m especially excited at any chance to do collaborative work, since my music is made primarily alone.

That being said, we’re looking for actors, actresses, and extras to help us with the shoot around Portland, ME. Please contact me at booking@saintsolitude.com if you’d be interested in making our project come to life!

Cheers,

Dup

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June 5, 2013 emblemThe new album title

The new Saint Solitude record is going to be called A Crack in the Snow Mortar.

More details soon.

The title is definitely an example of an idea exposing itself to me before I had any idea of what it meant. I often seem to write context into a word, title, or phrase long after creating its seed. I used to think this was backwards, but I’ve noticed that intent with such things can very easily be lost on people. As a result, I now enjoy interpreting the words just like any listener would.

I mean, does anyone really know what the fuck Robert Plant was talking about when he sang, “I saw a lion, he was standing alone/with a tadpole in a jar?” No! And he probably didn’t either. But I’m sure he’s created a story about it in his mind just like we have.

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May 8, 2013 emblemAnother Check in the Wall

new songs and their duties

I’d say I’m over halfway done with the first of these new records! As evidenced above, there is still plenty of negative space left and lots to do. Getting harder and harder to lock myself indoors for hours on end now that the sun has returned to the Northern latitudes.

While I hate to reduce the recording of an album down to a list…I’m flying solo here and it’s essential for me to have any idea what’s left to be done. It should also be said I love making lists. I do it daily. I’m really excited about the prospect of reading The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco sometime this summer, once I finish crafting these kaleidoscopes…

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