Failure & Masterpiece

by Julien Joel Clement

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1.
Snow Tracks 05:15
I once remember my mind was a hill covered in the purest snow Then I slid on a sleigh, and it carved out a track And the track was the world, until I wished there was more I couldn’t carve a new one if I tried, I couldn’t make the sky snow Sometimes the habit is mightier than love And some people get married, some people get babies Some people get addicted, some people get nothing Then you brought the spring along, and it melted the snow Now my mind is the green grass, and the hill is a meadow You make the flowers grow – come the sun, fall the rain In the fall you shed my thoughts – let it snow Sometimes love is mightier than the habit And no one gets married, no one gets babies No one gets addicted, and no one gets nothing Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro @ 2014
2.
Migration 03:01
And we were born amongst the fields, in the sun-dried earth we lay We learned to walk amongst the hills and in the groves we learned to play And all the seasons were in order, the swallows flew away in winter We had a fire, we had the sun, there were no reasons not to stay Then all the fields had to be hardened and all the hills had to be flattened – yes and the groves had to be cut Then our hearts had to be hardened and our lifelines to be flattened – yes and our tree-house to be cut Oh the breeze threw us to our knees and the dust it raised, never to settle again While all the seasons were in order we took the chance to fly in winter Through the snow we chased the sun, there were no reasons now to stay We flew across the borders and our hearts remained the same The grass is never greener, it’s just a different shade And we were born amongst the fields; under a ton of bricks they lie What did we learn up in the hills that could inspire us to fly? And all the seasons are in order, the swallows fly towards the summer We have the fire of the sun, we’ve got no reasons not to stay Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro © 2012
3.
Do The Maths 03:48
There are a lot of drinks to be drunk, alot of songs to dance to People who require special attention, there’s a lot more to me and you 1000 skills to be taught, one million mistakes to learn from Add it all up and it may come to naught, but there’s more than one rhythm to this song Oh… you do the maths, I’ll let you do the maths They all want to start on the One, regardless of what’s come before Let’s give it a try; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… Oh what the hell did you do that for? I did the maths; you told me to do the maths Hang the accountant with a long thick rope; wash his body with a bar of hope Dive and fail – waste it if you multiply; take away the numbers and now you do the maths Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro © 2015
4.
Sheltered in my car after the gig, all the lights are out, where do people disappear? There’s nothing in the stars to tell me how to live – I’ve given it all out; I’ve got nothing to fear Don’t hold on to the feeling, never hold on to the feeling Don’t hold on to the feeling, don’t hold on to the feeling, no On the side of the stage, there’s a black box; open it up, it feels like being shot I never want to know, I’ve made a pact, sheltered in my car, ready for the next act Chorus x 2 Sheltered in my car, after the fact; driving round and round, all the lights are out There’s nothing in the stars to tell me how to live – I’ve given it all out; I’ve got nothing to fear Chorus x 3 Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro © 2015
5.
Skywatching 04:18
Sitting in the garden I have grown for you, my love, I have grown for you You are never quite free of me, but neither am I of you The sun is setting and the sky is exploding, the sky is singing, the sky is in love Here’s a toast to the evening I will spend with you my love, I will share with you The red in the sky is refilling my glass, and your eyes have swallowed the sun I feel we should both sit still now, even though we both want to run I want to spend the next phase of my life sky-watching, sky-watching The first stars are gleaming and your coat is turning silver, it’s turning silver I never could see well in the dark, and so you guide me home The fire is burning, your brother is dreaming, your father is singing, I’m in love Here’s a toast to the evening I will spend with you my love, I will spend with you The red in the embers is refilling my glass and your eyes have swallowed the flames I feel we should both sit still now and at last we both want the same I want to spend the next phase of my life by the fire burning, by the fire burning I want to spend the next phase of my life sky-watching, sky-watching Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro © 2015
6.
Mythology 05:08
Dawn light reels in through the carriage windows Sifting through our stiff necks still in a dream state Our destination is hanging in a haze Trust the rail company to take us safely there Back to the tenements, grey as the sky Across the green hangs a mirror as big as our building Escape is free for the body but expensive for the soul But we did leave and we’re now coming back to laugh at it and sing Close your eyes, gently jolting Your dreams are over — what will you make of it You said the city was mad but I was not sane It fulfilled no promises but the ones we were asking for I wanted nothing and was given everything And that was tough enough but that was fair enough I was closing my eyes, jumping and jolting My dreams were over — what did I make of it Doing what we do best, beautifying memories Living up to the golden standards of our mythology Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro © 2011
7.
What wouldn’t I give for… What wouldn’t I give for you? Stripping all patterns down, all the posing and pretend Waking from the dream time, feeling all the love that’s left What is it that we live for? What is it that we live for? The truth we’re looking at is all the stories in our head I’d rather see nothing, now, are you singing this as well? Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro © 2015
8.
Sundown 03:34
Sundown over the garden, too dark to see the flowers but they still grow So with you and I, the sun may be coming down but we still grow Just because we can’t see our love doesn’t mean that it’s gone, no Just because we can’t see our love doesn’t mean that it’s not growing Moon up over the garden, moonshine in our tired eyes – all we see are shadows So with you and I, the night may be soft and bright, on our face it doesn’t show Just because we can’t see our love doesn’t mean that it’s gone, no Just because we can’t see our love doesn’t mean that it’s not growing Sun up over the hill, half of this was a bad dream, the other half was… Here we go you and I, looking into each other’s eyes, looking into the years Just because we can’t see our love doesn’t mean that it’s gone, no Just because we can’t see our love doesn’t mean that it’s not growing Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro © 2014
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Time to say hello, time to crack a smile They’ve all come up to the show and you’re still trembling in the aisle Things to celebrate, you didn’t know you had Time to recalibrate – oh come on now it’s not so bad The room is full of mirrors, each with a stranger behind Do you spot the seven errors? Do you blush at what you find? The stage lights are too bright, jump off to the floor Look back, what a sight — You join the chorus for an encore Don’t change a word to the story No sense in muting any of the sounds This is your failure and masterpiece Lyrics & music: Julien Castegnaro © 2012

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Produced by Neill Duncan

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released September 18, 2018

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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Julien Joel Clement Paris, France

French-born Australian resident singer-songwriter Julien Joel Clement writes pop songs into whatever genre feels right at the time. His debut album "Failure & Masterpiece" was recorded and produced by sax/drummer legend Neill Duncan over three years.
His follow-up "Answers In The Dust" will consist of songs recorded lo-fi between 2015 and 2019, cleaned up and remixed by Neill Duncan.
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