Dwen is the phonetic spelling of douen, and a play on the word duende. The names given to mythological entities taken from caribbean and latin folk lore (proper little cunts by all accounts).
The latter spelling also carries a double meaning, that of the artistic/musical term of Duende. The eerie sense of sadness, loss, longing, fear and emotional authenticity that haunts so many works of art.
The things people take for granted as important, the things that seem like they “matter”…be it making art, trying to write a song, falling in love, getting fucked up on gear, wanting to talk to beautiful strangers in the club… all comes with the possibility of loss, the risk of “getting it wrong”, the fear it might never happen and if it does… how long will it last.
Dwen is cut through with the bitter/sweet, tragedy/comedy inherent in everything. It’s a tongue in cheek celebration of those brief moments of fruition in defiance of the tiny goblin of doubt in the corner of your mind. It’s an awareness that that little fucker is there, always. But that, perhaps, is what makes the good shit even better. Watch here
We record our music in our studio in north east london using youtube ripped sanples, software, some old synths, drum machines, guitar, piano, bass. 80s, 90s, 00s nostalgia thrown in with post-internet fuckry.
We fuck with load of other music: Kashif, Alexander O’Neil, Arthur Russel, Prefab Sprout, K. Liemer, Jam City, Bibio, 0PN, Toro Y Moi, Mount Kimbie, LA Priest. It all makes its way in somewhere.