“intelligent and original…fun and spontaneous…I love it.” John Pippus (Raised on Indie) on Wade Through the Dark
The 14 tracks on Wade Through the Dark showcase Cadwaladr’s (pron: cad-WALL-a-dder) rich and resonant voice and poetically compelling lyrics combined with his openness to eclectic musical influences. Songs on the release range from the barrel-house off-kilter folk rock of the title track Wade Through the Dark to the pared-down jazzy-tinged lullaby of fingertips to the bluegrass-infused slow down, and covering a lot of ground in between. His lyrics speak to the challenges of living in an over-commercialized world, of making your own way in life, of the lure and beauty of the natural world among other social and personal themes.
The recording features contributions from notable Vancouver musicians including Veda Hille (piano), Peggy Lee (cello), Steve Dawson (pedal steel and electric guitar) and Jesse Zubot (violin) among others. All songs on the FACTOR-supported release were written and arranged by Aaron, and the recording was produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Veda Hille, The Cave Singers) with Cadwaladr at Hive Creative Labs in Burnaby (just outside of Vancouver BC).