Wang Wen • Sweet Home, Go [CD]
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Sweet Home, Go! is the 9th (!) studio album from Chinese leading experimental post-rock band, WANG WEN.
Written over the past three years, the album was completed early January this year under the supervision of producers Wouter and Lode Vlaminck. The new experience of working with external and European producers forged a fine balance between the creative yearning to explore new threads, contradictions and conflicts, and the producers’ desire for clarity. The resulting tracks – including an a cappella track recorded in an abandonded factory – sees WANG WEN surpassing themselves, continuing their 17- year long journey to understand themelves and the outside world through their music.
This ambitious journey has brought them tremendous success in their home country China, where the band has been selling out 1500-capacity venues across country on their recent tour.
The band comments:
“Over the last few years, it feels like time had been spinning out of control. As time speeds by it makes people feel an indescribable excitement but also a feeling of suffocation. Just as we become used to the ways of today, things change in a flash. The Internet has seemingly brought people closer together, but in fact, is has plunged us into the many deep cracks of space & time.”
Sweet Home, Go! follows hot on the heels of WANG WEN’s ambitious vinyl, photo book and DVD box set, entitled In Course of The Miraculous: a collaboration with Chinese cinematographer Cheng Ran, who hired the band to compose a soundtrack for a 9 (!) hour film, which involved an improvised performance of the band in an artificially flooded warehouse. — Pelagic