When I started as a reviewer for CeltCast in the autumn of 2017, I wrote several reviews in one go. Most of them are published, but two were put on the shelf for later use. As is common with stuff on shelves, they were forgotten, collecting dust in a dark corner of my laptop. Now, with Sowulo already recording their third album, I dug the review of Sol up again. We finally focus our attention to Sowulo's second album, and everything which happened before that, because you can't introduce Sol without mentioning their first CD Alvenrad . So we start the story with that album, taking us all the way back to 2010.
In 2010 Faber Horbach started developing the concept of what would become Sowulo - a project named after the Germanic rune for the Sun - and started composing the music for what would become the Alvenrad
album. An album Sowulo described back then as ambient folk music inspired by Germanic mythology. The name Alvenrad
came from the Germanic name for the sun and the album was a celebration of the pagan year festivals. Nowadays Sowulo refers to this CD as ritual music.The album came out in 2012 and the band members were, besides Faber Horbach on piano and chant, Klaartje van Zwoll on violin and chant, Koen van Egmond ( SeeD
) on flute and Tom Latten on percussion. The recordings were done by Fieke van den Hurk.
Looking back at this period Faber Horbach explains: 'I did indeed compose Alvenrad
all by myself.The concept of Alvenrad
was the sun, the four seasons and the pagan festivals that go with it. The subtitle of the CD was: celebrating our great pagan legacy. The whole idea was born out of my own wish to be able to play appropriate music to the specific pagan festivals we celebrate nowadays. The music on Alvenrad
is therefore dedicated to those yearly festivals and the wheel of life, the way nature evolves during a year, because these are universal themes within paganism.
I didn't restrict myself to a Germanic or Celtic view on those festivals. We don't exactly know how they were celebrated anyway. Instead I let myself be influenced by the different 'feel' of those festivals and tried to express that in my compositions.
Funny story is, when I started recording Alvenrad
at Fieke van den Hurk's Orchus studio - the predecessor of the Dearworld studio
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