The First Day

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A little over a year ago we were lucky enough to release bvdub’s ‘Tribes at the Temple of Silence’. Kicking off 2011, it marked a year of intense production for Brock, releasing a series of incredible records over the year which left people amazed at the creative vein Brock was in. Somewhere in that time I asked Brock if he would create a follow up to ‘Tribes…’. After a period of time in which Brock would message me at all hours on the development of this follow-up, ‘The First Day’ was complete.

Whilst I am obviously a huge fan of Brock’s work, and he is one of my dearest friends, I’m always a little stunned by my reaction to his varied work. It always, without fail, hits me in a way that just makes me stop from whatever I am doing and really enter into the world Brock has created. I think unlike any other artist I know, Brock really does create these tiny little worlds through his intense production, which (if you let them) just guide you somewhere wholly refreshing and beautiful. Perhaps ‘The First Day’ is the finest example Brock has given us of this ability. After all, it seems to be an album focused on (or at least, creating) dream-like states and nomadic story-telling. As with all things, you can’t just expect it to take you somewhere if you lack imagination. To dream, first you must sleep. All I can ask is that you let go and allow this incredible record to just take you on a journey, YOUR journey via the great mediator and secret guide that is bvdub, as it has for me many times already.

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released February 24, 2012

Written and Produced by bvdub / Brock Van Wey
Mastered by Vincent Kwok
Photography by Noritami Matsuo © Studio Abejas e Eolmenas Photograph Noritami Matsuo. Mistubako
Design by Ian Hawgood

For my Mom - The strongest person I’ve ever known

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