In 2016, Raleigh, North Carolina’s Travis Brooks emerged with SPEAK, the debut album of his post-rock project Old Solar. It proved to be one of the year’s most pleasant and exciting surprises, escaping the trappings that can sometimes befall solo artists to bring listeners a fully-formed vision that presented a mastery of attractive ambience, dramatic swells and energetic, often explosive riffing. SPEAK went on to garner strong coverage from genre-focused publications, building a great deal of anticipation for an eventual follow-up. Today witnesses the re-emergence of Old Solar, now solidified as a trio. The new record, SEE, is a thoughtful and powerful exploration of the cycle of seasons, seeking to sonically represent the many emotions, aesthetics and nuances of an ever-changing world, capturing the beautiful shadings in both the bloom and the bleak.
— text by David Zeidler