Julien Joel Clement | Failure & Masterpiece

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Failure & Masterpiece

by Julien Joel Clement

For two years, French-born singer/songwriter Julien Joel Clement (Belle Jar) and NZ producer Neill Duncan put their hearts and mind in this independently released debut album, a mix of spacious pop songs with accents of jazz, country and electronic beats.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Snow Tracks
5:15 $0.99
2. Migration
3:02 $0.99
3. Do the Maths
3:49 $0.99
4. Don't Hold on to the Feeling
4:33 $0.99
5. Skywatching
4:19 $0.99
6. Mythology
5:09 $0.99
7. Stripping All Patterns Down
4:49 $0.99
8. Sundown
3:34 $0.99
9. Where the Night Might Lead You
4:25 $0.99
10. Failure & Masterpiece
9:08 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

Born in France, residing in Australia for the last 16 years, singer/songwriter Julien Joel Clement (former "Going To Prague" Belle Jar lead singer and guitarist) went to find NZ-born/Aussie resident Neill Duncan to produce his debut solo album. Neill has had a very eclectic career, to say the least, contributing to many avant-garde jazz projects in New Zealand (The 6 Volts, Primitive Art Group), and continuing in Australia (Darth Vegas, The Jews Brothers).
Their love of The Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Smog / Bill Callahan and Bonnie "Prince" Billy got them a sound to work from. Neill's a-typical sax playing and drumming (partly due to playing it all one-handed after a fight with cancer) give this album is particular flavour, as you'll hear from track one.
The album was recorded in Neill's studio in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, using all analog instruments there. Julien and Neill play most of the instruments, enlisting the help of bassist Lino Romeo (Belle Jar, Waiting For Guinness) for three tracks, cellist Tim Mahony (Sonori), and soul/jazz vocalist Danae Amies.


Produced by Neill Duncan
All songs written and composed by Julien Castegnaro
Engineered, mixed by Neill Duncan @ Single Hand Studio, Blue Mtns Australia, 2015-2018
Mastered by Michael Lynch at Shoehorse Sound

Julien Joel Clement: vocals, backing vocals, guitars, electric bass, some double bass, six-string banjo, piano, toy piano, harmonium, Chord Organ, auto-harp

Neill Duncan: drums, percussion, Roland 808 drum-loop programming, one-hand alto and soprano saxophones, piano, bass harmonica, backing vocals

Danae Amies: lead vocals on “Do The Maths”, backing vocals
Tim Mahony: cello on “Skywatching”
Lino Romeo: double bass on “Migration” and “Mythology”, guitarrón on “Snow Tracks”

Cover art: Arnaud Boutin www.arnaudboutin.tv

This album was partly funded through GoFundMe.com
To the following friends and sponsors, may life & other beings be as supportive and generous as you have been towards this album:
Danae Amies, David Harvey, Andy Abraham, Arnaud Boutin, Jérôme Coppé, Manuel Quinon, Karen Vernon, Phil Latka, Charity & Tim Mahony, Joël Castegnaro, Naomi Parry, Ben Connor, Amy Bell, Javier Rodriguez, Sarah Lindsay, Jill Ashworth, Kaye Amies, Peter Edwards, Lindsey Gray, Sophie Corbett, Lino Romeo, Ruth Grace, Jackie & Grahame Andrews, Paddy Connor, Mary Anne & Mathieu Germain, Martine Castegnaro, Daniel Scheuch, Nathan McMahon, Max James, Robert Clements, Robyn Parker, Steve Thompson, Kate Walbank, Sarah Gibson, Kathy Barlow, Georgia Adamson, Sheryl Hardy



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