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Answers In The Dust

by Julien Joel Clement

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ratter Yet another excellent album from Julien Joel Clement. His songwriting is unique but there are moments from the grand era of record making, from the Velvet Underground and Bowie, when pop music was important.
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oh no I've broken the band and curled up into a tight ball inside my mind, rocking back and forth between two sets of infinities... and it's absurd to think that things will last, it's absurd to think they won't - why should anything last at all when so many and none are in control?
Oh I used to work five or six days a week and never felt strong; working for the future like now doesn't exists has always felt wrong...
Birdsong 04:48
Imagine if you fell in love with everyone you met, and everyone you met fell in love with you...
Dance like we're all watching, and f... your claim to fame / Shut the mind down... what is there?
Europa 05:40
A million short shorts and singlets can't be wrong / Old Europe, you knew it all along / History has done nothing for you / It repeats itself and you sell it as new / Pigeons shit all over you / If I were them, I would be too
Cross the road while there's time / Before the branch falls on your pride
Close your eyes to the screen / I don't think I really like the film / We didn't know the songs / We couldn't even sing along The popcorn has gone cold and stale / Once upon a tea-time fairytale / The pavement glistens in the rain / I feel like catching every single train The black guitar lies on the couch / Imagine all we could achieve with that / I wonder who will pick it up first / You'll find all your answers in the dust


While recording my debut album “Failure & Masterpiece” with producer Neill Duncan between 2015 and 2018, I wrote and recorded a lot of demos at three different homes in Wentworth Falls (NSW Australia) on my Boss Micro BR-80; some of them published on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Plan A was to re-record them at a later date, but I grew quite attached to the performances and sounds you can only get from the Micro BR-80 and which would be big trouble to reproduce.

Plan B was to pass on the files to Neill for him to remix; namely, syncing in the rhythmic elements, re-mixing each separate track of the songs (vocals, guitars, etc.), playing with volume levels, and getting rid of the hiss. The last part of the process was to master it, which we did with producer John Stuart's help in his studio “Stuart Sound Heaven” also in Wentworth Falls.

I released a four-track EP of some of those remixes in 2020, “Shut The Mind Down”.

The new album - “Answers In The Dust” - is finally here. Neill's remixes stayed true to the recordings' lo-fi style, but made a 2-D project go full 3-D, and therefore more listenable. I do love a good lo-fi ethic, aiming for first or second takes in all their rawness and spontaneity, but it has to bear repeated listening...


released October 25, 2021

Music & lyrics by Julien Joel Clement, recorded on Boss Micro BR-80 between 2015 and 2020 in three different homes in Wentworth Falls NSW, Australia - not far from the lake each time luckily.

All instruments by Julien Joel Clement, except drums on "Birdsong" by Neill Duncan, and drums on "Answers In The Dust" by Danae Amies

Mixed by Neill Duncan at "Single Hand Studio, Leura NSW, Australia
Mastered by Neill Duncan and John Stuart at "Stuart Sound Heaven", Wentworth Falls NSW, Australia

Cover art by Arnaud Boutin www.arnaudboutin.com

Special merci and love to Danae for "urging me to do this" (if I may quote my own lyrics) and for drumming on the title track at a very short notice, to Cleo aka Kiki for irreplaceable feline company, to Neill Duncan for working his magic once more, to John Stuart for helping out big time with mastering and keeping cool, and to Arnaud for another freakin' cool album cover. To whoever has bought this album and read this, thank you so much - you make it worthwhile.


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French-born Australian resident singer-songwriter Julien Joel Clement released his debut album "Failure & Masterpiece" in 2018, recorded and produced by Neill Duncan. Four-track EP “Shut The Mind Down” came out in 2020, followed by his second album “Answers In The Dust" in 2021, recorded lo-fi at home between 2015 and 2019, cleaned up and remixed by Neill Duncan. ... more

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