[5th] December: The Way To Light – Withering Flowers in Bloom

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Long way have he wandered. From an obscure act in the middle of nothingness, to a less obscure and more intrinsic musician. Ever since his first release “That Place Now Forgotten” he’s fought to stay in the shadows just for a little bit longer, to smell the fresh air and dampen his ambitions. Now Austin Rathmell have released two splits, with Horders and Crawl, as well as a second album titled: “Cleansing Silence“. Each time something new is about to be put out, he’s acclimatized himself even more to his original concept—more atmospheric and bleak neo-folk semi-acoustic music—less experimental ins and outs. He still has an ambition to go further with that and introduce even more intriguing components in his music. The further into ourselves that we dwell, the farther we’ve withered. Which is exactly a conception for something to bloom anew—though a contrast in the outlook on life can be found to be the exact opposite.

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After readying his latest release which was put out on Neuropa Records, there’s not many steps to take until he’s introduced once again on Die Song. This American label is working hard on putting out their forthcoming releases, both on cassette as they’ve done in the past—but also on vinyl. It feels like The Way To Light holds a soul-seeking ambition which never have transcended beyond what one man can do. Time and time again this is disproved when he launches yet another strike at the heart of one’s perception of what his music is all about. Now he’s actually being introduced on a non-commercial collection, which is not just any collection but a sound-calendar called Ljudkalendern—organized on and by Repartiseraren. It was originally recorded—doom and gloom—for Autumn and when the leafs fell.

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Though we think it is appropriate for the changing of seasons. From a lengthy heat wave into Fall to a rapid change and decline of heat in favor for cold and rough Winter. Through whispers and dank environments come a heedful call for Yule to slowly commence—not prematurely—but with enough time on our hands to make the best of it. This is music to listen to when you need time to reflect, when you’re at the campfire preparing a meal you’ve hunted yourself. It’s an insight into the hunter-gatherer society that no longer exists. Maybe it’s also a reflection of how the prettiest flowers turn out to shrivel after a while. Nothing ever changes—it only gets worse. The song is titled “Withering Flowers in Bloom” and is a oxymoron in itself, a beautiful one. This is for the 5th of December and the continuation of Ljudkalendern.

Poem:

Oh how it’s never the same“,
he came to proclaim.
For time is never still,
it’s the only thing with free will

Hear ye, hear ye for 5th of December! Now there’s not much time left until a new day is birthed. A snowstorm is upon us and there’s no escape from it, we hope to make it out alive. Let’s settle down in a cave and hope for the best. A new song will be brought forth for your listening pleasure—tomorrow. There’s still time left of today, so you’ll have to enjoy it then. Here’s the exclusive track “Withering Flowers in Bloom” as balsam for your ears.

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