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by Champion Leader

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Heavily influenced by the two extreme poles of 21st century, reverb-laden and/or experimental pop (Washed Out, LCD Soundsystem, Low, et al) and the strange beauty of the 1980's (Smiths, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, early U2, New Order, and goofier stuff like Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Scritti Politti, Red Box and so forth), Champion Leader has attempted to draw these two diverging poles together.

Challenged by a lack of space (Bozeman gave up his spacious recording studio in 2009), a lack of fellow musicians (due to his move to New York in 2009), a lack of money (he is in graduate school studying to become an Eastern Orthodox Christian priest), and a lack of time (see the bit about graduate school), Champion Leader illustrates what these areas of "lack" can generate: a rough-hewn log of keyboard and drum-machine-driven quirkiness.

Bozeman misses his indie rock roots and his bandmates from both his prior bands (Luxury and They Sang As They Slew), but has attempted to channel these negative factors into his music.

Don't listen to Champion Leader expecting properly crafted pop songs or adrenaline-stoking bombast. Champion Leader *is* the sound of one hand clapping. Listen for his influences and look for the unexpected.

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released November 4, 2011

Recorded by J. Bozeman between December 2010 and November 2011 in a small New York apartment.

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Champion Leader Beaufort, South Carolina

Champion Leader is J Bozeman, of Luxury and They Sang As They Slew. He is an Eastern Orthodox priest. He makes music for the sake of his love of combining sounds and words. He lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, where the ocean plays a big part in inspiring his writing. ... more

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Track Name: Dance In The Light
Some people have golden tongues
I choked and I always come unbuttoned
half-lit by a desert light, a thorny tree and a pin-stripe.
Dazzle me with your long hair up
I'm not much, but I'm all I've got
I've never danced except inside
I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive

We don't always get it right, we don't always get it right
dance in the light, dance in the light…
We don't always get it right, we don't always get it right,
dance in the light, dance in the light, dance in the light, I'm gonna dance in the light
We don't always get it right, we don't always get it right,
but until then I'm gonna dance in the light, I'm gonna dance in the light, dance in the light
We don't always get it right, we don't always get it right

Half hands raised up in the sky,
half hands held down below.
Circle the table West to East
and make every movement flow.
Some people get smoke in their eyes as the tears begin to show.
Never danced except inside,
I'm alive…
Track Name: Cold
Cold
All dressed in Ice and Snow
Released, or on hold
It will be some time
before you regain control...

Ladders and handholds
concealed by the lay of the land
and its folds

A Banner of the edge of sight
A Dream at the end of night
your story awaits to be told
after the cold

after the cold
Track Name: Every Head Bowed and Every Eye Closed
The city is a sound
a cracked, unbroken sound
lines that jaggedly
drift up and down

Boxes and blinking lights
and windows like empty eyes
an ever-fixed mark
under the burning heart

And all the while you smile

Every head bowed, and every eye closed
whisper something into the breeze…
Like the old man and the sea
I could just drift and sleep...
Every eye closed, and every head down
except yours…
You stare like a statue

Heaven knows
that you've been warned
Oh no…
Rips and tears won't be mystically be healed.

Lady in the rye,
how do the little ones die?
Do the little ones die
when you smile?

Don't you ever fold!
Don't you ever blink!
The left hand of God brings us to our knees...
Track Name: Oh Such Nights!
When I was young and strong
the birds sang my song
I wrote it
I know it
where have all those birds gone

When I was younger
when I was bolder
I wouldn't hesitate to punch his face
and take your place as the first in line

Oh such nights
Oh such days
Under the forest eaves we kissed
as if we'd never grow older

Do you remember?

Follow the sun
Don't wait for it to come back again
when the darkness sets, it really sets,
and then what do you have left?

You sit in this house
from August to June
And the sparrow will come too soon
to carry the spring back into Winter

I felt the heat
I felt the flash
I felt the shock
I tasted ash
I felt the breath
of the angel of death
he whispered into my ear,
"Come on James, is that your best last line?"

When I was young and strong
the birds sang my song
I wrote it
I know it
so where have all those birds gone

When I was younger
when I was bolder
I wouldn't hesitate to kiss your face
and take my place as the first in line
Track Name: The New Stars
Where were you when I made the world
Where were you with your exalted words
Where were you when I needed your "wisdom"?
You were waiting, you were waiting

you were waiting
you were waiting
you were waiting
you were waiting

Was that you that was hiding in the garden that I made
Was that you hiding in the garden I made?
Was that you hiding in the garden i made?

You were waiting
you were waiting on me
Well, I spoke

I spoke…and everything came
to be
Track Name: A Never Fading Light
Hands at your side
Hands at your side
Hands straight at your side
(Twisted braid... do I dare?)

Straight, blonde hair
Straight, blonde hair
It's cut like a child's
And it's tossed in the air

Up in the front room, what's going down?
Here in the back room I sit with my head in hands
like some foolish college clown
All these years and we're still here
despite the hunger and the fear

Oh, I guess we could have another fight
Or we could just laugh and thank God for the never fading light

White shirts on the bed
Folded white shirts on the bed
Pinned a note on them that read
"Don't forget the times that we really should have
planned ahead..."
The golden ring
This golden ring
It has no meaning
Without all the years that came in between...
Track Name: Fear of Crossing Bridges
For fear of crossing bridges I
Will stay here until I die
In broken bonds will freedom come
Muscle Jaw has become dumb

The contract written in my flesh
And I gave you all, I swear
And everyday (more or less)
I walk the edge of this precipice

Sail to no one's shore
Stare 'til my eyes bleed
What was wove into me
Like a whisper on a seam?
Who wrote "love" in the wounds?
Who caused it all to be?
What can move me
Or set fire to the roaring sea?

Mystery has lost its eyes
And fingers stretch to sense the size
Of a world beyond what we've come to call
"Home" and "Ours" and
"The Now"
Track Name: New York Knows
I guess that's how it goes
No Signal
No Translator
Now I live at the source:
New York, New York

But here I was born
And then I was born again
It was like I swallowed the sun
And the light it shone through my skin

Lo, I am born
A screaming child
Coming forth from the womb: born too soon
But I am here, and I am alive
The light in my skin and the sun in my eyes
The earth shakes for me
With every heart beat

New York knows... why we're here
Why are we here?

Lo, I am born
A screaming child
Coming forth from the womb: born too soon
But I am here, and I am alive
The sun in my skin, and the light in my eyes
The earth shakes for me
With every heart beat

New York knows...