Early January 2016, during the coldest time of the year, Wang Wen completed our 9th studio album in Dalian, China. What was different about this album is that it was the first time we got Wouter and Lode to produce a record for us. For this album we recorded 6 long songs and an a cappella track recorded in an abandoned factory.All
these songs were created within the last 3 years, but went through the ringer of change during the recording process. During recording an album, a band wants their music to be full of expression and feeling and to have the freedom to explore new threads, contradictions and conflicts. Producers on the other hand are looking to make the sequence of music more clear. In the end, the two sides of the spectrum strike a balance and complement each other. To Wang Wen, this was another experience in our journey to further understand and explore ourselves and the outside world.
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. Actually it's changed our existence by taking our "relationships" and turning them into rigid blocks of data, unable to blend into each other and therefore plunging us into the many deep cracks of space and time.
Is Sweet Home, Go about surpassing the gulf of time? Yes, but a different kind of gulf. English. Music is always light and heavy, but it should never just be a quick fix of energy or a mood enhancer. I'm always imagining, what if the powerful flow of music could stop time and shoot us us out of this cold abyss into the heavenly skies above, then drop us to our deaths.
Wang Wen, Dalian. 4.11.2016