Failure & Masterpiece

by Julien Joel Clement

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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 Katoomba, Australia

French-born Australian resident singer-songwriter Julien Joel Clement (frontman for Gypsy Pop outfit Belle Jar) goes solo. Debut album "Failure & Masterpiece" OUT NOW with sax/drummer legend Neill Duncan. Meanwhile, here are some home-made demos in all their rawness. ... more

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Track Name: Snow Tracks
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
Track Name: Migration
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
Track Name: Do The Maths
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
Track Name: Don't Hold On To The Feeling
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
Track Name: Skywatching
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
Track Name: Mythology
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
Track Name: Stripping All Patterns Down
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
Track Name: Sundown
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
Track Name: Failure & Masterpiece
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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