Wren Hinds - A Child's Chant for the New Millennium
Wren Hinds brought fresh thematic cogency to his third album, recorded in early 2020. The linking matter is his unerring ability to apply himself to each new situation, in this case a longing for connection - to humanity, nature - in a world tilted towards digital disconnection. While the lockdowns intensified the album's dystopian fears, the beauty and artistry in Wren's song craft counterpoint the shadows eloquently. The title-track laments "digital modification" over gamelan-ish flutters across six delicate minutes. All spectral voices and pining, 'Sign of Life' yearns for "some act of human kindness" to a wind-caressed cowboy lollop. 'The Pearl' longs for blissful quietude, while 'Wrenbird' evokes Sam Beam at his dreamiest. River's Song' adds soft, sure layers of accordion and guitar, before 'The Path' marshals misty harmonies and finger-picked guitar for a gentle declaration of resistance. "Bang your freedom drum," sings Wren, mapping out a singular path with understated assurance.
“Absolutely thrilled to be putting out ‘A Child’s Chant for the New Millennium’ with Bella Union! At the end of 2019 through early 2020 I buried myself amongst instruments, wires, synths, guitars and whatever I could get my hands on, I lost myself in the layering of textures, sounds and vocal overtones, armed with the scribbles of a couple new songs, ‘A Child’s Chant’ was born”.
1. A Child's Chant For The New Millennium 06:01
2. Sign Of Life 05:28
3. The Pearl 05:44
4. Wrenbird 04:29
5. River's Song 04:04
6. The Path 02:37
7. Conclusion 00:19
Artist: Wren Hinds
Label: Bella Union Private Press
Genre: Indie & Alternative
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: BELLA1267V
Released: 24th June 2022
A Bella Union Private Press. Red Vinyl edition. Limited to 200 Copies.