In 2012 we brought your attention to a unique musical project. Dutch instrumental indie band All Shall Be Well (And All Shall Be Well And All Manner Of Things Shall Be Well) sourced a short story from a fan of theirs and set out to write a piece of music based on the story. As luck would have it, the author selected was my girlfriend, and I went on to marry her while ASBW went on writing and recording their sophomore album.
BLAUWGEEL has now been released online for pay-what-you-like downloading. In addition, a high-quality printed book of artwork accompanying the six long-form tracks is available for pre-order.
The LP’s closer is “Buko,” the musical interpretation of my wife’s short story about a little boy growing up in the Philippines whose head just happens to be a coconut. So I thought she’d be a better source than me for a review of the album! Lacking the time to type out a full-length article, she opted to live tweet her first listen through of BLAUWGEEL earlier today. Below are some choice quotes to give you a sense of ASBW’s latest work.
@halozonac: If #blauwgeel were a dessert it would be a 14-layer chocolate cake
Track 2. “Some Speak of the Future, Others of the Past”
@halozonac: If #blauwgeel were a drink it would be ginger beer and dark rum
Track 3. “I’m a Hunter, Not a Thief”
@halozonac: #blauwgeel – where each song explodes color
Track 4. “I Do Not Belong”
@halozonac: If #blauwgeel were a museum it would be the botanical gardens
Track 5. “Everything Can Be Anything Else”
@halozonac: If #blauwgeel were a sport it would be kiteboarding at sunrise
Track 6. “Storytellers (Buko)”
@halozonac: I can hear the magic happening! #blauwgeel #buko