"A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches;
having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold."
As autumn fades and sets the stage for winter’s dawn, Kratos Himself returns from two years of seclusion to gift us the initial installment of SOLSTICE, a two-part conceptual project that pays tribute to the celestial dance separating the seasons.
Honoring the rituals of his home, and reflecting the tones, moods, and life cycles dependent on circadian procession, Kratos Himself binds his melancholic meditations to the patient, ancestral soundscapes of the forest and countryside.
SOLSTICE / PART I dedicates its stylings to these brisk months bearing the shortest days by illustrating an enveloping sense of ethereal calm and closure, comfortably making space for the new sun and the new year.
released December 14, 2018
All music written & produced by Jethro Hopmans
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster in London
Artwork by Demian Janssen / Rreuring
Poem by William Carlos Williams
Layout & design by Nicholas Concklin
Executive Produced by Nicholas Concklin & John Moses
Published by Mushpost LLC (ASCAP)