Yet, that didn't stop me from listening to this new album. Mere seconds after the CD arrived in my mailbox, the disc was spinning in my music machine. I was curious, to say the least. Not because the biography mentioned a spectacular vinyl packaging with different sleeves, depending on how you like them, but because I know how meticulous and detailed Wang Wen works, both musically and visually.
Personally, I didn't really care about the visual aspect as I find the music to be the most important thing about a release. That being said, I'm extremely sure I will cherish my little promo of this epic and magnificent piece of work for a very long time, definitely way longer than 'Eight Horses'. I once compared Wang Wen to Ennio Morricone meets Godspeed You Black Emperor and on 'Sweet Home, Go' they reach perfection with that beautiful sound.
The album opens with the highly promising 'Netherworld Water' which immediately got me hooked. This is a classic Wang Wen track, immersive, dreamy, building elaborate landscapes. Their perfectionism is pushed the limit, and with 'Red Wall And Black Wall' they even exceed that very boundary. The second track of this album is one of the most beautiful and immersive pieces of post rock I've ever heard.
The always impressive instrumentation of Wang Wen is unbelievable. One moment you are listening to a classical orchestra and shortly after you're engulfed in a whirlpool of post rock bliss. Then, of course, there are the subdued piano passages and the trumpet driven cinematic elements that made Wang Wen as brilliant as they are. All these elements bring a load of variation to the the album and showcase a multitude of emotions.
'Heart Of Ocean' is a tearjerker, a beautiful instrumental with a fantastic story to tell. Of course, storytelling is what Wang Wen are masters in and on this album that's no different. From deeply introvert journeys over gloomy adventures to epic and heroic telltales, it's all here, pressed into almost seventy five minutes of sonic waves. 'Children's Palace' perfectly illustrates that filmic approach.
Well, I'll leave the rest of the songs up to you to discover. After all, by reading this review, you should already be very aware that 'Sweet Home, Go' is a serious contender for the upcoming album of the year lists. So I'll just end this ode by recommending this album to all you post-rockers out there. Man, I hope they tour with this stuff soon...