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Solstice to Equinox

by Permanent Starlight

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1.
Invocation 05:21
Ticking hands are twisting in Stretching, tired, old as skin Sleeping fingers, dead guitar Tune up, show me who you are All my leaves have left me bare Wrapped in singing, diamond air Ancient bark is stripped and shorn One more song, and I am born
2.
Bell Song 05:28
Bell song stops me full Catching in my branches, blowing through my window Brings me news from home Won't say where it's been or how it came to be here Bell song, happy lull Draws me out the doorway, sounds so easy Half-sweet, drowsy day Enamored with the way it feels like Sunday morning Sunday morning Bell song morning Sunday morning Clear, high, there's room to breathe Passing in the streets that seemed so empty Warm tones, tipping hats Arcing through the blue, it lures me into Feeling the long ago Tells me what it means to go back again and Regrow all I've known Remembering the way it feels like Sunday morning Sunday morning Bell song morning Sunday morning Back home, years away Everyone I've been is holding onto Who I am today Every memory dissolves into melody
3.
Back home again and more years away Twist through eucalyptus in Rancho Santa Fe The morning shade grows another new day Ocean lets you know you'll ebb and flow and ebb and flow When I get tumbled down below, I know I don't wanna die When I feel the wind above, remembering I'm alive And it seems to me that I could pick up the pieces and throw them in the sea But I'm not free 'cause there's a storm coming down I need to meet, so I've gotta go now I've gotta go now, yeah, it's time to go, it's time to go When I get tumbled down below, I know I don't wanna die When I feel the wind above, remembering I'm alive When I'm held by the undertow, no, I don't wanna die When I'm catching the swell I love, remembering I'm alive I know that I'm still alive Noche up at Terra Mar, Mahi out at Turnarounds, Huevo down at South Ponto It doesn't matter where you are, whatever the conditions out, just grab your board and go, go, go When I get tumbled down below, I know I don't wanna die When I feel the wind above, remembering I'm alive When I'm held by the undertow, no, I don't wanna die When I'm catching the swell I love, remembering I'm alive Remember I'm still alive I know that I am alive Full moonlight, flowing drive, feel the night settle in and wrap around you Holding tight, feel all right, know the sky's not collapsing all around you "Faces in the condensation", windows shake the song's vibration Full moonlight, flowing drive, feel the night settle in and wrap around you Holding tight, feel all right, know the sky's not collapsing all around you With everything disintegrating, this place here was always waiting Holding tight, feel the night
4.
Pale Horse 04:26
When the Santa Ana blows Through my rib cage, exposed Sends a song right through my bones Song through my bones Song through my bones When the Santa Ana moans Dries the marrow in my bones Well, I guess I was never really alone Never really alone Never really alone Santa Ana rides in through the window That I forgot to close There's a pale horse inside of my home Pale horse in my home Pale horse in my home Song through my bones Pale horse in my home Never really alone Pale horse in my home When the Santa Ana blows Pale horse in my home Pale horse in my home

about

After nearly two years of recording and twenty years of writing, I'm proud to finally present Solstice to Equinox!

The album represents a seasonal cycle, and is designed to be listened to as one piece that flows together and repeats.

I wrote the first two songs almost two decades ago while living in Edinburgh. This is the first time either of them has been recorded in a way that captures how I first heard them in my head, all those years ago.

"Invocation" entered into existence during the long, dark, Scottish winter, and was the song that began Permanent Starlight. It's an awakening after a period of hibernation and internal growth.

"Bell Song" was born the following spring, and grew up over the years after returning to California. It's a study in the joys of homesickness.

The latter two songs are the most recent I've written, after returning to San Diego once again, this time during a period of personal and historic turmoil.

"North Pacific" is a summertime celebration of the place, ocean, and music that formed me in my youth. It's a reconnection with that person as a means of healing and moving on.

"Pale Horse" is a deep autumn song, written during a time of dangerously dry winds and power outages. It's an acceptance of death after "raging against the dying of the light"; a means of processing the pandemic and everything it set into motion.

Thank you so much for listening! I hope you find something in it that resonates with you.

credits

released March 29, 2023

Performed by:
Hylton - vocals, guitars, bass, samples
Liz Murphy - vocals, bass on “North Pacific”, piano on “Pale Horse”
Austin Beede - percussion on “Invocation” and “Bell Song”
Scott Pritchett - percussion on “North Pacific” and “Pale Horse”
Jason Lakis - viola and violin on “Bell Song”

Written and produced by Hylton
Engineered and recorded by Louis Michael IV
Mixed by Noah Georgeson
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova

Photography by Christian Gutierrez
Layout by David Zamudio

Special thanks to Mom & Dad, Doug & family, Justin, Candice, Josh, Matt, Scott, Andy, Phil, Hideki, Murray, Poppy, and the memory of Forest Café

Dedicated to Edinburgh, San Diego, and the rest of this planet. There's still time; let's not waste it.

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