Old Solar • Winter Solstice: Hallow The Hushed Earth [Song Premiere]
In 2016, Raleigh, North Carolina’s Travis Brooks emerged with SPEAK, the debut album of his post-rock project Old Solar. It proved to be one of the year’s most pleasant and exciting surprises, escaping the trappings that can sometimes befall solo artists to bring listeners a fully-formed vision that presented a mastery of attractive ambience, dramatic swells and energetic, often explosive riffing. SPEAK went on to garner strong coverage from genre-focused publications, building a great deal of anticipation for an eventual follow-up. Today witnesses the re-emergence of Old Solar, now solidified as a trio. The new record, SEE, is a thoughtful and powerful exploration of the cycle of seasons, seeking to sonically represent the many emotions, aesthetics and nuances of an ever-changing world, capturing the beautiful shadings in both the bloom and the bleak.
Appropriately, the first single from SEE is “Winter Solstice: Hallow the Hushed Earth.” Mirroring how this darkest, coldest of seasons often reveals itself, this track is a tale of extremes. Unfolding pensively with an underlying sadness about it, “Winter Solstice” patiently winds through the soft melancholia of a gently picked guitar melody accompanied by strings and keys, but just at the point where it feels like there will never be a light in the darkness, the track opens to ascend considerably more majestic heights. The back half of the song is characterized by a towering riff that presents like a snow-covered peak glistening victoriously in the full force of the morning sun, a reminder that there is triumph amidst winter’s windswept bitterness. “Winter Solstice: Hallow the Hushed Earth” is in this way the most precise crystallization of Old Solar’s artistic power, adeptly moving through shifting, evolving soundscapes with equal precision regardless of tone. It’s the perfect reminder that yes, Spring is coming, but there is much to reflect upon and to experience now as well and it’s best not to pass on these opportunities.
If you enjoy what you hear on “Winter Solstice,” SEE releases in its entirety on Friday, January 18th through dunk!records (EU) and A Thousand Arms (US). Eager listeners can pre-order the record today through either of these sources.
— text by David Zeidler at Young Epoch
SEE by Old Solar on double 180g colored vinyl with special screen printed D side. Comes in reverse cardboard cover with design by Flesh And Bone.
Available in two vinyl color editions, both limited to 150 copies:
Old Solar • SEE [2xLP]
A Thousand Arms (US) variant
Old Solar • SEE [2xLP]
dunk!records (EU) variant