London-based experimental lofi-folk-R&B trio Dwen are pleased to reveal the details of their debut EP, Leoht Farn, set for release on 27th January 2023. To celebrate the news, the band have released a blissed-out visualizer for new single ‘Purple’ which is released on 30th November 2022.

With tongue-in-cheek references to the likes of Donald Glover, Prince, Afroman and more across the run time of its laid-back, hashish-drenched stoner R&B sprawl, ‘Purple’ is a very literal embodiment of the band’s interests in psychedelics, meditation, magick and out-of-body blissfulness, delivered with tidy songwriting aplomb in a tightly packaged repeat-button-bothering haze.

Commenting on the track, the band say: “Channelling washed-out psychedelics and surfy guitars warped through a haze of Campfire Headphase nostalgia, with a touch of Connan Mockasin surrealism and a Reckonwrong meets Afroman inspired ending, ‘Purple’ is as whacked out as it sounds. It's about pareidolia, daydreaming, and active imagination; an evocation of Santa Maria, Ishtar, mother nature, enjoyed while lying down in an open field on a sunny day under the influence of her very own sacramental plants. The track may be best enjoyed in similar fashion (sunshine and an open field optional).”

‘Purple’ follows on from the EP’s lead single ‘A Ghost in The Weed Garden’ which was released earlier this year to a flurry of blog support, the first new material from the trio since the release of their 2019 standalone single 'Tr Pp N' which drew early attention from tastemakers at The Line of Best Fit, High Snobiety, Sodwee and more.

Born from the frustration, inertia, and ennui of trying to work together through the pandemic, for the forthcoming new EP, Leoht Farn, the band shelved they had recorded over a near 3 year period in their windowless underground studio, and in the summer of 2021 took refuge in a remote cottage in the British countryside with little equipment, no material, their ceremonial robes and a veritable hoard of high grade hashish.

“Making use of an old piano on site, a couple of guitars, fretless bass and a laptop, our only intention was to start fresh each day writing something new, jamming ideas out quickly and getting them down, to move on without over thinking anything, revisiting or too closely refining our ideas,” explain the band of the process.

“What we had at the end of a week was more material than we had ever finished before and a sense of wonder about how and what we had written. The tracks that make up this release are the handful we felt needed the least revisiting and are presented more or less as they were recorded, with small imperfections, the atmosphere of the room, and sounds of the surrounding nature buried in the takes.”

Thematically the songs are a rendered auto-outpouring of intimate, surreal, and at times tongue-in-cheek lofi-folk-R&B. Merging pop references, accounts of altered states of awareness and cut-up and reimagined writings of various mystics, philosophers and poets. A response to the apparent state of emergence and integration of technology, psychedelics, meditation, magick, ritual, sex and active imagination. Practices that soften the edges between mind-body, inner-outer, I-thou, embodiment and disembodiment.

The result on Leoht Farn is a collection of songs that have an intimate presence, simplicity, and are imaginative playful reflections on the potential awe and wonder embedded in every seemingly ordinary moment of our lives. An invitation to look at ourselves and our relationship with not only our bodies, but the spaces and moments in time our bodies occupy and the micro and macrocosm of nature, the planet and beyond, deep within and deep without.

Debut EP Leoht Farn is released 27th January 2023

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