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Witness the Stunning Instrumental Tapestry of WANG WEN “Forgotten River”

If someone were to ask you, “what do you like about music?” — what would you answer? On the surface, it seems like a stupid question, but it’s not. What do I like about music? It’s a product of collaboration, of building, of harmonizing disparate sounds, objects, human beings into a whole composition that expresses emotions, ideas, and, in my opinion, our entire purpose for being alive. That’s where my mind is going while I watch the stunning instrumental performance by WANG WEN for their track “Forgotten River.” This is an uplifting, soaring composition, but the same can be said for the most devastating funeral doom song. Listening to, and especially watching, this small group of humans manipulate instruments to emit sounds that play off one another to form a massive sonic tapestry feels like magic. Music is how we communicate with the universe. Music is how we step out of our limited minds and into our infinite souls. All this is contained on their new album 100,000 Whys that’s out September 24th via Pelagic Records — pre-order it here. Right now, enjoy our video premiere for “Forgotten River” below…

When people are talking about music, and people are talking about peace and love. We play music as a reminder that you are a human being, not a beast. You are different from the beast.

– Xie Yugang
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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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