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The Wolf Sky

by Wendy Rule

Earthy and Shamanic, Wendy Rule's latest studio album draws on her deep love of magic and nature.
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1. The Circle Song
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2. The Wolf Sky
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3:45 album only
3. Oblivion
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4:25 album only
4. She Danced Alone Upon the Waves
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3:29 album only
5. Half Life
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3:48 album only
6. The Fall
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7. Creator Destroyer
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8. Dark Wings
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9. Fire Horse
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10. Evolution
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11. The Window
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12. The Earth Is Still Part of the Sky
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13. Elemental Chant
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The release of Wendy Rule’s fifth studio album, The Wolf Sky, firmly establishes her as one of Melbourne’s most uniquely gifted and prolific artists. A passionate union of her incredible voice – moving from soaring heights to intimate whispers – and her beautifully dark and visionary lyrics, the album is strong, Earthy and Shamanic. More so than any of her previous studio offerings, it celebrates and reflects her unique live performances – a combination of music, ritual and story that continues to entice an ever growing audience into her otherworldy realm.

Ten years ago, when Wendy’s first album, Zero, was released to critical acclaim and strong sales, she had already established a strong local following. Having sung in various jazz outfits since her early twenties, she was an accomplished performer, but her original music brought in an entirely different element. It was now not only her voice, but a passionate commitment to exploring the depth of the human experience through Magic, ritual and poetry that was captivating audiences. Through her musical collaboration with cellist Rachel Samuel and pianist Craig Patterson, Wendy’s music was evolving into something truly special.

Zero was followed in 1998 by her second studio album, Deity. Wendy and her band toured Australia extensively, including two tours with the legendary 60’s performer, Donovan. In 1999 Wendy conceived, produced and performed in the theatrical production An Underworld Journey. A third album, World Between Worlds followed in 2000. In keeping with her previous albums, this was a deeply personal work, exploring a time of turmoil and sadness. Her moving songs were placed in a warm, evocative sound-world, the lush keyboards of previous records replaced by the acoustic beauty of guitars, strings and percussion.

2001 saw Wendy finally take her talents overseas, touring initially to the UK, Europe and the USA and then returning in October to the USA just after September 11. Wendy arrived in New York, a city beautiful, but sad and grieving. It was during this trip that she wrote the material for her fourth album, The Lotus Eaters, in a process of meditation and sorrow. Released in 2003, this extraordinary collection of richly emotive Siren songs flows on an oceanic soundscape of strings, vibraphone and guitar.

In between national and international tours, Wendy has worked on a number of side projects, including the release of a live album of jazz standards. Australian film and television has begun to recognize Wendy’s gifts as a composer. She has helped provide music for Australian Independent film “Max – A Cautionary Tale” by Nick Verso, and SBS animation “The Magic Drum”. Her music recently featured on the Channel 9 production “Little Oberon”.

After years of local shows and national tours, Wendy’s music is now being recognized internationally. She regularly performs in the USA and UK, as well as her home country, to an every growing body of dedicated fans, and has recently returned from her 8th international tour. With the support of Shock Records, who have distributed her albums in Australia for the past decade, Wendy has managed to remain an entirely independent artist .


Releases:

Full Length Studio Albums
Distributed in Australia through Shock Records

2006 The Wolf Sky
2003 The Lotus Eaters
2000 World Between Worlds
1998 Deity
1996 Zero

Collaborations and Side Projects
2004 A Night of Jazz with Wendy Rule and Friends Shock Records
2004 Deep Within a Faerie Forest Sequoia Records, USA

Other Works

2000 Video release of the musical play
An Underworld Journey

1997 Live album ,
1996 Continental Isolation (three track CD single)
1999 Artemis (four track CD single) Shock Records


Contact
email: wendy@wendyrule.com
website: www.wendyrule.com
PO Box 402 Clifton Hill
Vic 3068 Australia


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Melanie Towner

Wolf Sky
I just love this CD. I listen in the car all the time. Wendy's voice is so beautiful and unique.

pamma delaney

wolf sky
my cd arrived in record time and I was excited to open it........as I expected I wasn't disappointed (I have one other of wendy rules cds)and have to say this is her best cd to date.....please keep them coming thank you and blessed be

Starlight


Totally awesome!!! Nothing like it!

Skydreamer

Truly fantastic!
The material on this album is really amazing! I've only had the pleasure of hearing Wendy Rule on "World Between Worlds" and her collaboration with Gary Stadler on "Deep Within a Faerie Forest" and after absolutely falling in love with her style and voice I knew that I would continue to hear more of her. So onto "The Wolf Sky." It is a joy to listen every track on this album, whether it be the tribal drums and chanting in the intro and outro tracks or the theatrical swoops from quiet introspective pieces to orchestral and moving compositions. With the beautiful and sweet cello, flamenco guitars, and a wide variety of other instruments this album is quite remarkable!

the blacksad

perfect
this album is perfect, very expressive, moving from jazz to rock to gothic to new age and folk, a very atmospheric sound.

Beat Magazine, Melbourne

one of the most creative and accomplished albums of the year
The Wolf Sky is one of Rule's most accomplished and ambitious works, experimenting with a broad range of musical styles and structures to great effect.
Epic and theatrical, songs like the title track and Creator/Destroyer fuse folk stylings with a rock symphony and the results are unashamedly bombastic... The restless guitar during Half Life creates one of the album's most memorable and stirring moments as Rule proudly proclaims "If it's not love, then make it pain", while the subterranean whisper of The Fall that suddenly erupts into the bright fanfare of what might be the cavalry coming over the horizon probably shouldn't work as well as it does.
Kudos should be given to the 60's acidic Oblivion, which sounds like Nancy Sinatra has stumbled into Night of the Hunter, while the penultimate track, The Earth is Still Part of the Sky, is probably the most tender of Rule's career.
She was never born to set the charts alight, and by bookending the album with Pagan invocations one can't help but feel it's probably a deliberate avoidance on her behalf. And some may find it a bit too much, preferring the safety of the MOR material that dominates sound systems these days, but given a chance and an open mind this just may be one of the more creative and accomplished albums of the year.

Bridgett E Jarvis

The Wolf Sky
Once again Wendy captures your very being and transforms you...teleports you..to the otherworld with her, effortlessly! I agree!!! MORE...PLEASE!

Donna Swindells

The Wolf Sky
Again, another deep and mytical jump into the lyrics and beat of this lastest Cd.

Laurian Green


This music is a beautiful piece of work. I haven't stopped listening to it since I got it in the mail! :)

Vyvien

Amazing artist
This CD is awesome and takes you into another world. Wendy Rule's voice has a truly amazing range, the songs are hauntingly lyrical. It was just what i was looking for. More please Wendy.
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