That Amber Lit Morning

by Enter the Soil

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It is with great pleasure that I finally introduce That Amber Lit Morning – a dreary journey through sadness and regret, following a tragic end for a young boy who played too close to the river...

For those of you who have arrived here from my previous releases under the old band name Hirsute, thank you very much indeed for your continued support. For those of you who are hearing my music for the first time, welcome and thank you for listening.

Find yourself a quiet place, dim the lights, and enjoy.


released June 9, 2017

All music, recording and artwork by Justin Chorley.


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Enter the Soil Wellington, New Zealand

Enter the Soil (formerly Hirsute) is a death doom project based in New Zealand and is the work of a single musician, Justin Chorley. Drawing heavy influence from the likes of Mournful Congregation, Anathema, Katatonia and My Dying Bride, Enter the Soil is brooding and emotional with a sound grounded in evocative harmonies, punctuated with heavy rhythms and a mixture of growls and soft vocals. ... more

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Track Name: The Day the Boy Drowned
Slowly, licks the flow
Into your weary soul
Swallow the water
You're going to drown

Gather up the water
Through your gaping mouth
Sweet brittle child
And be at peace

Smaller than ever
A bed in the river
Your crystal eyes searching the darkness
A tired curl sweeps upon your stricken complexion
Your panic is ceased
Your heart still softly beating
Track Name: The Coffin and the Moth
Dead as I lay
Alone inside the earth
But for a moth, buried with me
I wait for my body to disappear

The dreadful beauty
Consoles my weeping heart
Bereaved of form
My soul can carry on

He staggers upon my brow
Taking his life from me
And raises his wings
So triumphantly
He lingers on

I am awake
I could hear you whisper goodbye
Now we wait for my body
To slowly disappear

The dreadful beauty
Consoles my weeping heart
Bereaved of form
My soul can carry on
Track Name: My Only Creation is Gone
The day has come
And the movement could kill me
My only creation is gone

Falling leaves will go unnoticed
While you're away
I look for comfort in the pain
Of heavy weight upon my shoulders

Stood before the congregation
Wishing time away
The pale bodies and oh, the black
Weep a mourning song for him
There in the box my son lies wasted
Victim of the earth
A small portrait in an ochre frame
Flits its wistful eyes for them
Track Name: The Never Changing River
The water flickers in the twilight
With glory as the day goes
The birds and bees
Above the trees
Singing on

Picturesque, the river rich with beauty
Defiled by the memory
A fragile dream
Among the stream
Where he drowned
Track Name: The Inevitable End
Your face is lost within my memory
My precious one, I'm sorry
I can't remember

I caress your weary head in my mind
But your curing smile is gone
Your lips a wretched blue
Your eyes roll back and seem to look right through me

Each day, I stare into a photograph
To remind me how you looked
I struggle just to see you as you were
My beloved son a cold body in my arms
My blood, regretfully a soul without a face

Your image fades
Tainted in my memory
A lifeless figure all I see
Casting leaves into the river

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