Starlight's Guide

by Of Solitude and Solemn

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This EP is my side of a split with Courtsleet. Due to manufacturing problems, however, we have decided to release both of our sides as separate EP's so that they can be released physically later as a complete package and split.

Courtsleet's side, titled "Hope's Apparition", is available here:

Starlight's Guide is a soundtrack for wanderers - airy and atmospheric post-rock with reserved but powerful doom metal. Delicate synths create enrapturing soundscapes with guitars constantly switching between gentle and crushing, feverish and desperate vocals and tense drumwork.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.


"The follow up to 2013's brilliantly conceived self titled debut, "Starlight's Guide" is every bit as breathtaking as it's predecessor, but with a notable layer of fresh air to bring it all together." - Sorrow Eternal

"Some master the fragile balance that lies between the emotion that lies in post-rock and the primal carnage of black metal to create a beautiful beast that takes great influence from both without becoming too saturated with either side. Of Solitude and Solemn's lone member Joe Hawker often revels in that very achievement with his latest offering, "Starlight's Guide."" - Micah-Nahum Ferguson,


released January 3, 2014

Joe Hawker - All Instruments, Vocals, Editing, Mixing, Mastering (if you can call it that...)
Gavin Turner - Photography

Recorded in a solitary bedroom over 2013.



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Of Solitude and Solemn Isle of Wight, UK

Post-rock/doom metal/symphonic project of multi-instrumentalist Joe Hawker, hailing from the UK dealing with melancholic, simplistic-yet-powerful tracks with intricate layering and expansive atmospheres.

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Track Name: Illuminance
Reborn and covered in smolders
Breathing lead filled air
Drenched in purified smoke
Shaded by trees like mountains
Roots that cover rocks and men

Born again from the oceans and the sky
Breathing air purified by sunlight, gleaming
May he who heralds the night be the signal of my return to the earth

Am I breathing?
Or have I become one with the earth?
Beneath the tender soil
These solemn nights converge into one

And may trees grow at my resting place
May they shade me from the light of the stars
Shed their leaves on me in the autumn
May what is theirs becomes ours

The wall I see, a light through me

Am I dreaming?
Or have I become one with the earth?
Beneath the tender soil
These solemn nights converge into one
Track Name: Guiding Light
Take your place among the stars
And shine down on moonlit meadows low
Fill the empty horizons with your light
Guiding wanderers through the dark

I can still hear you as you sing that mournful tune
The night is silent all but that simple mournful tune

I'm not alone in this place
You paint the world in your hue
You pierce the dark with your light
You are the sound that masks the air

I walk among them
And breathe the air they breathe
But I feel so misplaced here

Beneath the glimmering night
Surrounded by the dark
I feel your essence as if you were among us

Are you home?
Is this light yours?
Why is it fading?
Don't leave me...