Immediate download of 14-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
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In 2009 I released an album of sketches focused on childhood dreams and nightmares called 'Wolfskin'. It was the first album for the superb Hibernate label, and one which I was (and am) very proud of. However, there was always a much larger vision at play, and one which I felt I was incapable of expressing back then. It has taken some four years to develop the complete musical representation of these dreams from these initial sketches, and whilst I never intended it to be a collaborative work, that is exactly what it became.
Enlisting the help of Aaron Martin to evolve the more organic edge of the album pushed things in a direction in which I was finally content. Without Aaron's vision this album would not have been made.The process was to put the tracks from their original four track cassette recordings over to reel to splice into a whole. After Aaron's wonderful cello recordings, we brought them in to the newly developed pieces to create something very different and yet firmly connected, moving on from the original album.
'Wolven' starts exactly where 'Wolfskin' left us, with 'The Dance'. The record continues on its original journey through a savage dream world, witnessed by a boy in wolf's skin. The twists and turns of this journey have been beautifully re-interpreted by friends Dag Rosenqvist, Spheruleus, Pillowdiver, y0t0, and Hakobune.
The second half of the journey if you will, has been completely re-interpreted by bvdub (Brock Van Wey). Brock is the other side of the coin in this as he celebrates the innocence, wonderment and beauty of childhood imagination, no matter how dark those places can be as we are forced to look upon them with weary, 'grown-up' eyes. As a personal and musical influence on me, Brock has long spoken of his love for the original album, and the desire to continue the journey. Brock is also the only person who I knew I could talk about the real origins of the sketches with, and why it was so important to develop a complete image of them. There aren't many people I would share my childhood dreams with, and knowing the vision of this was safe in his hands.
Finally, after four years, we have brought this vision all together and I am so proud to be able to present an album on Hibernate again, as well as working on this with my own Koen Music (KOMU) label. This comes as a double disc, 6 panel card digipack, with photography by Eirik Holmøyvik, design by Ian Hazeldine, and mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri.
Thank you x Ian
Includes immediate download of 14-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
Wolven is a modern interpretation of the 2009 release 'Wolfskin' by Ian Hawgood. 'Wolfskin' contained a series of sketches inspired by childhood dreams and nightmares. The modern interpretations were based on these original sketches.
Disc 1 is an interpretation written and arranged by Ian Hawgood, with the help of Aaron Martin, Dag Rosenqvist, Spheruleus, Pillowdiver, y0t0 and Hakobune
Disc 2 is an interpretation written and arranged by Brock Van Wey (bvdub)
Thank you: Aaron, Brock, Dag, Rafael, Harry, René, Charlie, Takahiro, Ian, and Eirik - thank you for your creative brilliance and soul...we've made something special here and it means the world to me.
Thank you: Jeremy, Christian, Ben, Danny, Craig, Andrew, Mike, Federico, Wil, Tim, Clem, Ryo, Warren, Brian - thank you for the support and love.
Thank you: Daniel Crossley - mate, you amaze me...your friendship is...
Thank you: My wife, sister and mum - for being family when it is all that really matters. Strength in adversity.
Thank you: Dad...we miss you. In each moment, you are there.
Thank you: YOU - I'd still just be playing music in my bedroom to myself if it weren't for you.
Finally, this album is for Jonathan. x
released 19 May 2013
All original music by Ian Hawgood.
Cello by Aaron Martin.
Disc 1 was mixed by Ian Hawgood, featuring Dag Rosenqvist, Spheruleus, Pillowdiver, Hakobune, y0t0.
Produced and mixed by Brock Van Wey.
Disc 1 mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri
Disc 2 mastered by Brock Van Wey
Photography by Eirik Holmøyvik
Design by Ian Hazeldine
KOMU is a small record label based in Nakajuku, Tokyo. It is mostly based around the works of Ian Hawgood and his close-knit
family of friends. Our packages are designed by togoshi and mondül, and use aged washi which has been handmade from (regenerated) gampi and wheat.