Release Date: 02 February 2015
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|WANG WEN EIGHT HORSES Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set
WANG WEN have forged an identity for themselves as the most prominent instrumental band in China. They have spent the past 15 years refusing to compromise on their sound, and it's paid off; the band were among the first to play outside of China, and the first band to have their records released on vinyl in their home country, and now have seven studio albums and a split vinyl (with Swedish instrumentalists, PG.LOST) To celebrate their fifteenth year together, the band recorded Eight Horses. But as ever, they did it their way, and this time it was something truly special and unique. Eight Horses was recorded in a studio that the band built themselves, within the walls of the Echo Library in Dalian. The recordings took place whilst the library was still open to the public; if you listen closely, you might even catch the sound of people talking and going about their business in the background. Recording in such a vibrant and open space - surrounded by books and people who had come along to watch WANG WEN Ė created an inspirational and creative environment for the band to work in. The resulting album is more vivid - bolder and bigger - than it would have been if recorded in the confines of a more traditional recording studio. The album showcases the band in a more mature light, but retains the creative identity they've built up over the past decade and a half. Post production also took an experimental turn, with the band enlisting the services of four different producers: PK 14's much respected lead singer Yang Haisong; Ningbo based producer An Jiguo; Wouter Vlaeminck, front man of Belgium indie band Toman; and Lao Wang from Which Park. The aim was to broaden the band's musical spectrum, and diversify their sound even further. Eight Horses was created with experimentation at the forefront, and is a celebration of the history of the band to date. Having already toured Europe with Pelagic label-mates, MONO, and shared stages with the likes of Mogwai, the band are eager to share their new music with their ever-growing worldwide fanbase. Tour dates are in the works and Wang Wen will be on the road throughout the remainder of 2014.