Every Rise EP

by Joel St. Julien

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This is the first of two upcoming releases from San Francisco composer Joel St. Julien. St. Julien has been building a name for himself as a composer for dance, film and other media for the past 5 years. Prior to that, he released albums on the now defunct Sounds Are Active label, with his former band, Ellul.

St. Julien created the songs that make up his latest work in between composing dance and film scores, sound design projects, and other commissioned pieces. Writing songs is a homecoming and this EP solidifies his mastery of the art. This album is about being let down and having absolutely no way out other than acceptance. Embarking on a fusion of off-beat rhythms, hushed vocals and ethereal soundscapes, St. Julien sits comfortably with musical syncretists such as Panda Bear, Stereolab, Dirty Projectors, but also gives nods to experimental artists like Tim Hecker and William Basinski. The album was written, produced and mixed in his one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco after his daughter was fast asleep. Another solid work in his catalog and a transport into the sonic world St. Julien creates for his listeners.


“All the Songs” sees San Francisco’s Joel St Julien crafting a beautifully scratchy, otherworldly beat ballad that is equal parts Yorke and Lotus.
-Dan Diggs

World-weariness has never been this thought-provoking or engaging.

San Francisco based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist Joel St. Julien is the kind of guy who stays in the mode of a juggler, as taxing as it may be, because of the unexpected connections it yields...an assiduously self-motivated songwriter-architect...
-Foreign Accents

You will mostly be listening to a lot of experimentalism, but if you pull your ears a bit closer into the construction of the sounds, you will experience a medley of different genres, each and every time.
-Indie Shuffle


released March 4, 2016

Produced, recorded and mixed by Joel St. Julien at his apartment in San Francisco

Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx

Album artwork by John Felix Arnold III

Thanks to all who helped support this work. Infinite gratitude goes to my biggest inspirations Rhea and Olive. Thank you.



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Joel St. Julien San Francisco, California

Joel St. Julien is a San Francisco-based composer and sound artist. Joel has written music for documentaries, short / feature films, and dance. He is a firm believer in experimentation/fusion with acoustic and electronic elements in sound oscillating through escapism and the mysticism of the present tense. ... more

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Track Name: How I Process the City of the Future
The pursuit of happiness is a dog chasing its tail
The fallacy of hard work
Start-Up, Start Over
The Economics of Distraction
Track Name: 60 Days
I think and it’s stuffed asunder
Weigh me out in time
Collecting dust
Trust-fund envy
Serenity break out

It’s been 60 days
And I’m backing up
Hollowed out
Scraped knees
Rained out for weeks
Please release me

Dreams don’t make sense
Is my head stuck in the ground?
Say you kicked me on fertile ground
Would I become a tree?
Track Name: All the Songs
Everything I have is too much
All of the music
Novocain to the soul
Apathy’s a cold shoulder
What’s coming out?

All the songs sound better in my head
Track Name: Every Rise
It suits me if I just
Did it myself
All the time
Exhale space massive
My heart concealing
Every shape and sound
And every moon and star
Every rise and fall
Everything and emptiness
Before, before I start thinking