Sustain The Illusion

by Sweet Gum Tree

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"French troubadour Arno Sojo makes an impression on album two… With its knowingly retro drum machines and inventive guitar-centric instrumentation, this atmospheric follow-up feels like a change of gear. The lush strings may be gone, but the song is still all on "Sustain The Illusion". There’s a hint of Mansun to brooding opener "Breaking The Bond" and building ballad "The Gift", and in parts Sojo’s earnest vocals draw on David Sylvian (the languid "Someday", "Stars Align"). Comparisons come and go (Depeche Mode, Placebo...) and while there’s nothing truly prog here, Sojo does have the knack of imbuing conventional songs with imaginative twists : the compelling melodic ideas of the motorik "Twinkle", "Clean Slate" ’s enigmatic earworm refrain, the guitar textures of "Guilt Trip" and that bass groove on "Burn Your Icons"... The troubadour’s open-hearted performance and craftsmanship make this a work of real substance." Grant Moon - PROG MAGAZINE (April 2017)

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released March 31, 2017

Written, composed and performed by Arno Sojo.
Additional musicians : Romy, Elise Douylliez and David Odlum.
Produced and mixed by David Odlum at Studio Black Box.
Additional home recording by Arno Sojo and Romy.
Mastered by David Odlum and Peter Deimel at Studio Black Box.
Photography by Christophe Crénel.

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Sweet Gum Tree Angers, France

Both a beautiful, romantic adventure and an unnerving trip through a mind crowded with troubled creatures, singer-songwriter Arno Sojo’s new LP confirms that he is amongst those who still believe that music and words can touch the soul, by way of sincerity, constant reinvention and fine craftsmanship. ... more

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Track Name: Breaking The Bond
Why wouldn’t the ones I did not choose
Be those easier to lose
I’m out of the square picture
Out of your frame of mind
Too straight for my taste
Too tight for my kind
No more waste of my time
I say no more waste

I am breaking the bond
I am moving on
And leaving you behind
For a greener pasture
A deeper azure
Days unconfined
A future undefined

Most days don’t have an impact
On the course of our lives, fine
Today I will make a decision
That might forever affect mine
Now it’s your turn to keep quiet and listen
Because you’ve worn me down
You have used up my patience
I used to be complacent
But now off with your crown

I am breaking the bond
I am moving on
And leaving you behind
For a greener pasture
A deeper azure
Days unconfined
A future undefined

The tyranny of your feelings is over
I declare myself free
From that green-eyed monster
Consumed with envy
Track Name: Twinkle
Twinkle on, lodestar
Guide me from where you are
I have travelled long and far
Always gliding below the radar
Enjoying every bit of the journey
With a very special mysterious lady
Anonymous, free and happy

Twinkle on, lodestar
Guide me from where you are
Twinkle on, lodestar
Twinkle, oh twinkle

Will we solve the mystery
And merge into infinity
When free elements floating in space
Finally settle into place
Track Name: Someday
Someday
Someday we’ll find a way
To keep barbarity at bay
Someday

Dear mate
How long till it’s too late
To stop the spreading of hate
Why wait


Oh someday
We can co-exist and finally lay
Aside every dogma
The wise say
We’ll come to our senses
And value our differences


Man strays
Further from civil ways
Trading in liberty
For safety chains

Dear friend
Don’t let this be the end
Or give in to pressure
Fear must be the worst adviser
Won’t you take my hand


Oh someday
We can co-exist and finally lay
Aside every dogma
The wise say
We’ll come to our senses
And value our differences
Track Name: Rollercoaster
She needs a meaning for every hour
And an aim for every day
Hey just in case she meets the reaper
She can’t be burdened with regrets, no way

Cause life’s a rollercoaster ride
She’d rather take it in her stride
Life’s such a rollercoaster ride
She’d rather cope with it than hide

She’s got a smile for every stranger
And little consideration for money
Woman on a mission, venturing further
Wisdom beyond her years and youthful curiosity

Cause life’s a rollercoaster ride
She’d rather take it in her stride
Life’s such a rollercoaster ride
She’d rather cope with it than hide
Track Name: Fairweather Faith
From pity to envy
And back there
I sure paid for your fare

Fake sympathy
And your affected care
Was that warm enough a coat for me to wear


Some friends are here to stay
Some are prompt to betray
You failed me along the way
Your fairweather faith feels like yesterday’s
Cigarette butts in the ashtray


Worm in the apple
Sour memories
Disposable souvenirs

A Judas of a disciple
Whom guilt would lead too soon
Where the stray dogs howl at the moon


Some friends are here to stay
Some are prompt to betray
You failed me along the way
Your fairweather faith feels like yesterday’s
Cigarette butts in the ashtray
Track Name: Stars Align
Is it part of a scheme
This beautiful shock
Like a mysterious theme
Sharp as a clock
Emotional synchronisation
Emotional synchronisation
Those unknown forces in action
Perform with such accurate precision


When the stars align
When the stars align
Your path will cross mine
When the stars align


In this moment we are virgin
Innocent and wild
Immaculate skin
I saved myself for this day
I saved myself for this day
I saved myself for your touch
This heart is no easy prey
Yet bound to fall in your clutch


’Cause when the stars align
When the stars align
Your path will cross mine
When the stars align
Track Name: Guilt Trip
Just an ordinary day
Outside they’re busy witch-hunting
And you have been hiding away
From the alienating process fear is conducting

Whatever they hold to be wrong
They need someone to blame it on
And feed to the masses

They’ll be back to twist the knife
As sure as that social life
Is overrated

As a free-spirited man
You’re the scapegoat all-designated
Perfectly conscience-clear
No it isn’t guilt by which you are tormented

Whatever they hold to be wrong
They need someone to blame it on
And feed to the masses

They’ll be back to twist the knife
As sure as that social life
Is way overrated

Better in pain with the truth
Than delighted to live a lie
With a foolish collective

Ready to take another lonely swim
Further against the tide
Track Name: Clean Slate
Moving houses
From a broken home into the unknown
The picture’s faded
But I still feel the aching now
Kid brother
How could I ever forget the way you held me tight
Our freckled faces
Under snowflaked suburban skies


From the attic
Further memories to wrestle or fight
All those boxes
They will not let sleeping dogs lie
Indelible traces
Cannot be wiped out like dust from the past
Dump the damn things
Earn a clean slate, a brand new start


Let’s get on with our lives
A little less innocent but hardly wise
Track Name: Burn Your Icons
No need to burn your icons
They will self-ignite
On starless nights
When heroes go down in flames

No need to bleed your idols
As a sacrifice
Once past the prize
Seems no achievement remains unpunished

Someone’s aura disintegrates
In the public eye
He’ll pay the price
For all the glory and fame

Enough rise-and-fall tales
Until the next lame story about one’s fall and rise

Her collapsing image
Like self-sabotage
Gone under the knife
Of some collective guilt trip

His defensive stance
Won’t make up for the lies
Til his demise
As one more ill-fated king

Enough rise-and-fall tales
Until the next lame story about one’s fall and rise
Track Name: The Gift
As you wear your heart upon its sleeve
And you won’t dismiss me as too naïve
It’s the gift of hope on a golden plate
It’s the gift of trust in a jewel case
It means the world

I put my faith in you
Rely upon you
Under the sun
We’ll never be alone
Holding on to you
Counting on you
Under the sun
We’ll never walk alone

When that kind of love dares speak its name
There’s a sweeter life with a warm embrace
If we cannot make this world humane
At least we can sustain the illusion with grace
Young bud

I put my faith in you
Rely upon you
Under the sun
We’ll never be alone
Holding on to you
Counting on you
Under the sun
We’ll never walk alone

Thanks for cracking the code
Thanks for sharing the meaning
Young bud

I put my faith in you
Rely upon you
Under the sun
We’ll never be alone
Holding on to you
Counting on you
Under the sun
We’ll never walk alone
Track Name: Keeper
A magic world awaits
Mysteries are opening the secret gates
The night looks so beautiful
Silent and peaceful
It might seem too short
For you I double checked the bedroom
The house, the whole neighborhood
No threat to report

There is no ghost in the corner
No spider on the wall
There’s no wolf in the closet
No monster walking down the hall

Your eyelids feel heavy
Give in to sleep my little baby
One last kiss before dreamland
Close your eyes and slowly let go of my hand

I’ll be your watchman, your keeper
Hear the quiet call
Of a gentle and friendly darkness
Nothing to fear at all