The Year the Stars Fell

by Twilight Fauna

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Dedicated to starless nights and those that carry you through....

Randomly selected preorders will include a small jar of meteorite fragments/dust.

"A study in Appalachian darkness and universal melancholia, writ in shades of green and black." -Noisey

"An incredible document that grips from the start and doesn’t let go until the album subsides" -Meat Mead Metal

"By boxing and labeling things we sometimes miss the subtle shades of what is being expressed, the deeper cry from the bottom of the well, or the heart of the forest. Finding expression in so personal a place is something Twilight Fauna have always striven for, and in The Year the Stars Fell Paul Ravenwood again shows how a singular experience can transcend." -Nine Circles

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released March 24, 2017

Written, recorded, and mixed by Paul Ravenwood
Drums by Josh Thieler
Guitar and upright bass on track 4 by John Mooneyham
Mastered by Nick Stanger at Ephemeral Audio
Tree Center Label by Nate Burns
Vinyl Layout by Josh Thieler and Brett Marcus Cook

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Twilight Fauna Johnson City, Tennessee

Twilight Fauna is an atmospheric metal project devoted to telling the stories of Appalachia. These are deeply personal songs about myself and my home.

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Track Name: The Ghosts We Leave Behind
As I walk these hills, I can’t go home
Standing in the rain under graveyard trees
There’s nothing between, these empty hands and me

Do not count the graves, there’s nothing left to say
The water runs, the blood runs
And the wheels begin to turn
And I begin to cry
At green winters and all we leave behind

I haven’t slept in days, just take and take
And walk away
Leaving the rain and the shade
And the holes between
Track Name: Falling Portraits
Ringing ears, tolling of death, birds in my house, it is not burying weather, crows scream in passing, I stand in the shadows of graves, touching trees with unwashed hands, do not wish upon the moon, there’s nothing here for you now, scraping, begging, for days, the clouds cannot hold water, thunder addles, the shiver of the owl, cutting through me, I will lay in the dirt, dry up in the sun, feet first to the east, a bleeding corpse burnt in offering

Gravel Roads and sleepless nights
Silent hollers, tears in the muddy water
This is my home where everyone says goodbye
Faded memories and tombstones
How do I judge my worth when everyone is gone?
Empty words and picture frames
Broken dreams of a lonely boy
and the man that he became
Track Name: Light Over Mountains
The mountain at dawn
Loud rains, quiet nights
Breathing the summer fog
Quiet moments by rushing waters
As candles burn like skies green and blue

New moons hang on the edge
As the horizons blur
Shining in the trees
Empty glass shelters

Red clouds swirl
No moon, no stars,
Pine knots and ash
I cannot open my eyes
Stones grow as winters
Burning fires on moonless nights
Blazing patterns in starless skies
Track Name: Across the Blue Ridge
I’m bound across the Blue Ridge Mountains
Where I never expect to see you anymore
How can I keep from crying
When I never expect to see you anymore
All I drink are my cold and bitter tears
Because I never expect to see you anymore
Honey I’m leaving Monday morning
And I never expect to see you anymore
Won’t you stop and tell my mother howdy
Because I never expect to see her anymore
Oh how can I keep from crying
When I never expect to see you anymore
Track Name: A Thinning Veil
Trembling in fields of foxfire
Communion with flame
Oaken ash and owl feathers
Render me into night
Among wolf and sheep
Locusts, impetuous sing me to sleep
Into the haze, berries turn and drop
Staving off the cold
Quietly, quietly they die
Hushed voices, wild blossoms
And swaying grass on cold autumn nights

Ascending smoke
As memories fade
A woman weeps
There’s a dog in the doorway
Name a fire, burn an offering
Funeral signs in the yard
Like whispering wraiths
You’re laying down with a ghost
It found you all along
And you’ve found where you belong
And it’s been there all along

Wait I am alone under cracking pines
I remember warm fires on mountain tops
Ravens cut the skies, weeping
Weeping in fields my spirit comes alive
Track Name: 10 Starless Nights
In aspen leaves and in fire
With feathers and bones
Under the trees
I mourn the rains
I should have known

Embers and ashes
With hollow hearts
Resting as quiet stones

I wish I could have been a tree. Stable with roots. A light in starless skies.