Label: Pelagic Records; Release: 30/09/2016
Atmosphere, winding instrumental melodies, brass sections, piano and more is what is on offer from this established 5-piece Chinese post-rock band. As with anything in the post genres, the tunes meander and build in a life-affirming way. After 17 years, Wang Wen have nailed it, strings and all and this album (although much more mellow in places that much of the post-rock I have heard recently) really brings home how much this genre has grown. It is still slightly unsettling to listen to an entire album with no words at all, but I guess that is purely because of my musical background.
Standout track: The whole album is epic, but Children’s Palace goes that little bit further, heavier, than the rest of the album. The journey builds to a much bigger climax and fulfils the genre criteria better than the rest.
1. Netherworld Water
2. Red Wall and Black Wall
3. Heart of Ocean
4. Children’s Palace
5. Lost in the 21st Century
6. Sweet Home, Go