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.
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,
DupNo Comments »
December 13, 2015 SS spotted in Maine-centered fundraising clips
Rumour has it that if you go over to the video section, you’ll see some new videos from a few Maine nonprofits that chose to use SS music in their recent fundraising efforts. Go check them out and give them your support!No Comments »
February 24, 2015 iTunes link
Flux Camoufleurs, Volume I is now available for purchase on iTunes. Hurrah!No Comments »
February 10, 2015 Flux Camoufleurs out now!
And if you love it, share it! Request it on your local radio station, even!No Comments »
February 3, 2015 New album Flux Camoufleurs available February 10th, 2015
While on its surface it bears little resemblance to the technicolor pop of earlier SS records, Dup Crosson’s longstanding love of loops persists here in brief, cathartic bursts. Perhaps for the first time in this project’s history, tension wins wholeheartedly over resolution in tracks like “Roma” and “The More You Leave Open.” The insurrection is suggested but not yet deployed.
Elsewhere, there are forays into Spanish-style classical guitar (“Grenada”), samples, Ennio Morricone-style cowboy whistles (“Didn’t Do Enough To Save Him”), an instrument that sounds like a flock of birds, and the closest thing you’ll ever hear to a beatbox in an SS song (“No Doom”).
One song, “Imaginary Inhabitants,” was written for a short film of the same name by Crosson’s friend and bandmate Dan Trefethen. The collaboration helped initiate a series of tracks inspired by film.
“I’ve always been a movie junkie,” Crosson says. “It’s common practice for me to record with a muted movie on in the background. Images offer a completely different palette for inspiration. They have their own rhythms too. It’s long been a goal of mine to write a score, contribute to a soundtrack, or even write a commercial jingle–anything where visual cues act as the starting point.”
The tracklisting is:
1. Reclamation Trials
2. Hung Up, Then
3. No Doom
4. Close Proximity
5. Imaginary Inhabitants
6. Marble Class
11. Didn’t Do Enough To Save Him
13. The More You Leave Open
14. Imaginary Inhabitants (stylophone version)
Stay tuned for more details!No Comments »
January 24, 2015 New SS music featured in short film Imaginary Inhabitants
SS wrote and performed the theme of a new short film entitled Imaginary Inhabitants, the debut of Maine filmmaker Dan Trefethen (who also performs lapsteel on the track). This is a collaborative effort many years in the making, and you can watch it in all its metaphysical glory below. Two versions of the theme song will be available on the upcoming SS collection Flux Camoufleurs, Volume I, which will be released digitally in February.
August 4, 2014 Spotify link
For all you streamers, you can now hear A CRACK IN THE SNOW MORTAR over on Spotify.No Comments »
March 20, 2014 Tour with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
I set out this week on a different type of tour: drumming with my friend Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, on a 2-week support run for Typhoon. It’s been 2 years since I’ve been on the road and it’s so nice to be playing onstage again in a new fashion – let alone behind the kit, where I arguably belong. We’re hitting some awesome rooms on the East Coast and Midwest from now til April 3rd. You should probably stop putting your socks on, walking your dog, or eating that sandwich and come see us. Road warriors OUT! Dates below:
3/19: Washington D.C./9:30 Club
3/20: Providence, RI/Columbus Theatre
3/21: Burlington, VT/Higher Ground
3/22: Boston, MA/The Sinclair
3/23: Boston, MA/The Sinclair
3/24: Portland, ME/Port City Music Hall
3/25: Hamden, CT/The Ballroom at Outer Space
3/27: New York, NY/Webster Hall
3/28: Philadelphia, PA/Union Transfer
3/29: Cleveland, OH/Beachland Ballroom
3/31: Louisville, KY/Headliner’s Music Hall
4/1: Bloomington, IN/The Bishop
4/2: Milwaukee, WI/Turner Hall
4/3: Chicago, IL/Metro
November 4, 2013 WMPG Local Motives performance this Friday!
Dup will be the featured performer on WMPG’s Local Motives this week, playing an extended solo set in support of the new album, A Crack in the Snow Mortar. Expect a smattering of new songs, old songs…and even newer songs. This will be the first radio performance since 2011 and his first solo performance for many years. Long live the loops!
Tune in to WMPG at 7:30 PM on November 8th on 90.9/104.1FM or stream online at wmpg.org.No Comments »
September 23, 2013 iTunes link up now!
Alas! A Crack in the Snow Mortar is now available on iTunes for you Apple-lovers…No Comments »
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