Exclusive Premiere: The Way To Light – Hollow Roots

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After daring splits with America’s unknown, his journey starts anew with a second full-length album. From Horders to Crawl, to Feral and Wrecca – everything since the first album “That Place Now Forgotten” have included others. The Way To Light is Austin Rathmell’s dark folk meets ambient solo-project. He is now back to serve you with an album that strays into the wilderness completely, it is titled “Cleansing Silence” and with it he enters a whole new phase in his artistry. For the first time he gives more room to the ambiance to speak for itself, and takes away a little more of the acoustic elements which he held dearly within his other releases. It is a darker and more frightful environment that he sets ablaze with his uncompromising ambient. One thing can be said about it and that is; oh how he borders on the gleefulness of dark ambient, though his harshness yet not be mastered.

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The length of his tracks continue to increase and leave more to the imagination. We’re astray in the wildness that is urbanity, but he leads us back across the plateau and into the forest. We are in desperate need to be connected with whom we came from. Our roots are in need of rejuvenation. His voice contributes to speed up the changes within the sound-scape he’s working in. There’s a calmness but also urgency to each voice he whispers. According to himself, this is what he wanted to conceive with his forthcoming release:

Cleansing Silence is an ode to that which can only exist in a solace of silence. Where other humans vanish and all that is left is your narrow path, you will see light. You will see. Yourself. You will see. All.

A solid blend between acoustic dark folk and atmospheric ambience, more so than ever before. Each track has its importance, whether an ever endless drone or layers of acoustic work, each note, each word, a mere thread in a cloak of this album.

His second album will be self-released on CD and distributed through Neuropa. The second pressing of this album will become available on vinyl, but I will not reveal where it might turn up. Time will tell. You can now listen to a track, exclusively from this forthcoming release, titled “Hollow Roots” – the second track on this album – on Repartiseraren. Stream it down below. If you wish to buy it, you can do so on the 3rd of October either from Neuropa, or his own outlet Hollow Haven.

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