Release Date: Aug 12, 2016
Record label: N/A
Buried within Alexander Shield’s latest recordings under his AGWNN identity is a thing of beauty. Not a lushly rich beauty but an autumn turning into winter-type desolation; raw and sparse, and with its light drawing quick in upon itself. All winter winds and icy fingers, shrivelled leaves and long nights; that sort of raw, harsh beauty that precedes regeneration.
Wooden Mask is the fifth album from London based musician Alexander Shields who records under the alias of A Grave With No Name. Shields has described it to be primarily inspired by the theme of renewal, and specifically the idea of masks being tools that contribute to this process of change. The theme reveals itself slowly over the course of the album but what is immediately clear is the sense of beautiful introspection and quiet sadness that cloaks the album.