Wild Was The Winter ( Unofficial Demo Album )

by Ian Randall Thornton

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Wild Was The Winter is Ian Randall Thornton's un-official B-side demo album. In the midst of recording his debut full length album (Lineage) , with producer Stephen Price, Thornton began to simultaneously explore new ways of writing and recording on his own. This project is the fruit of that endeavor. Thornton purposefully abandoned his typical songwriting style to embrace a more unfiltered abstract form of lyricism. Timeless Lo-fi production, reminiscent of early Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, and Jose gonzales, captures an unadulterated soundscape of layered whispery vocals and lush instrumentation; setting the perfect atmosphere to score the first snow of the season. Thornton described this process, saying "This project was more of an experiment then anything else... My music is typically so serious, and I genuinely love it, but it was freeing to simply create random songs for the sake of having fun... Getting rid of my own expectation that I needed to say something profound in every line, and just making music because it is an enjoyable thing to do... As artists we need to fight to maintain our love for the creative process... If we ever loose that we've missed the point.”


released June 16, 2017

Wild Was The Winter was written, engineered, performed, produced, and mixed by Ian Randall Thornton... In his office..late at night.



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Ian Randall Thornton Norfolk, Virginia

Ian Randall Thornton is a touring indie folk artist from Norfolk, VA. His music captures your attention and walks you through life's complexities and truths with honest vulnerability; somehow leaving you feeling comforted, inspired and contemplative.

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