Since 2006, when Dup Crosson formed Saint Solitude, he’s been busy: writing songs, recording, touring, putting out releases, constantly challenging and changing. This is just how Crosson imagined it. A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, Crosson formed Saint Solitude to have his own project going, a vessel for his songs and recordings, whether his other bands were busy or busy breaking-up. After self-releasing the EP Disaster Stories in 2008, an arresting five song tour de force recorded with producer Andrew Schatzberg at Landslide Studio in Asheville, NC, and touring incessantly in support of the release, Saint Solitude quickly replaced Crosson’s other musical projects as his primary focus.
With Disaster Stories and the 2009 EP Contrary, a soundtrack for the 2008 short film Dry Fly, and several extended tours under his belt, Crosson ensconced himself in a house in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina to record a full-length album, aptly titled Journal of Retreat. The twelve songs that comprise Journal weave a mesmerizing mix of anthemic indie-rock and hypnotic shoegaze pop. Early mixes attracted the interest of Alive and Well Records, an independent label located in North Carolina, who signed Saint Solitude and is releasing the album in early 2010.
Saint Solitude is currently touring the US, with extensive regional touring scheduled for the 2010 Journal of Retreat release. A full band will be in tow to recreate live the rich sounds of the album.