The Hallowed Wide is AN enchanted guide through the sacred enigma of intimacy and connection, imagined as a bewitching fog-covered canyon. We enter in mystery. We pass through nightmares and dreams—shedding faults and gathering wisdom along the way—to finally exit in vivid illumination.
I plan to release these 12 songs as singles, one per month over the next year, with the final track landing late in 2022. It’s an awfully long time to wait for the end of the story…
But, if you want the entire album a whole year early (along with plenty of extra art and insights and hidden treasures), you can pre-order it right now AND HAVE IT IN YOUR HANDS BY OCTOBER.
ALL PRE-ORDERS WILL ALSO INCLUDE the hand-drawn fantasy map and STORY GUIDE I created myself as an accompaniment piece to this musical work. Because as you know, all great fantasy tales come with a map of their unique worlds. I’m very, VERY excited to send this particular treasure with every pre-ordered copy of The Hallowed Wide.
The only thing left to do now is come up to the edge and step inside…
WHY I MADE A FANTASY RECORD
As a child, I spent so much of my time in daydreams. Reading and imagining and wondering at every little thing. This vibrant dream world—buoyed by so many beautiful books and music—kept my internal sense of wonder alive through the trauma and disesteeming of my young years.
Story-weaving through song gave me a safe and somewhat secret space for expressing this inner bigness as I got a bit older. Under the guise of this or that “other” narrative voice, I could explore a life and self I wasn’t brave or safe enough to test in the real world.
And now that my scariest stories are out in the light, I am safe enough. And I’m doing my best to be brave enough to step into a version of myself whose brightest, most essential parts are given the attention and celebration they deserve. This new collection of songs is putting that wonder front and center—elevated and enchanted as fantasy is meant to be.
I’m bursting at the seems to share this gorgeous dream world with you. – Emily
The Hallowed Wide (CD) is one story told over 12 total tracks (run time 47:00) printed on a lovely 4-panel eco pack sleeve (no glue, just gorgeous photos and liner notes with CD enclosed).
Along with all pre-ordered copies of The Hallowed Wide, I’ll send a finely-printed 8.5×11 hand drawn (by me!) fantasy map and story guide. This item is a true treasure I’ve been carefully designing for over a year. The map is a visual representation of the emotional journey we take through the music, and the story-guide (fantasy-style prose) provides enchanting transitions between each track and visual vignette. I cannot WAIT to send this special companion to guide you as you listen to my gorgeous record.
Just a little note: For now, these are pre-order items. But the album is fully complete, so you won’t need to wait long! I’ll have these lovely items in your darling hands by October, at the latest. I’ll sign your CD, hand-stamp a personalized note, tuck in some beautiful stickers, and package it all up lovingly before sending it to your doorstep.
Hallowed Wide Muse Long-Sleeved T features our magical Hallowed Wide Muse printed in charcoal grey on the most beautiful heathered mauve.
Note: The image is just a mockup for now! The placement of the muse will be perfect on the printed shirts. Pre-orders will arrive at your home to clothe your chilly fall-season body by October at the latest!
This unisex design fits like a well-loved favorite, long sleeves, 2″ ribbed cuffs, coverstitched collar, and designed with superior Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton.
This one is just a twinkle in my eye at the moment, but I’m working on a prototype (photos coming soon)! I wanted to offer something special and handcrafted, and Andrew reminded me that he has a laser engraver…
So naturally I imagined a smooth wooden token (4cm/1.65 inches in diameter) laser engraved with our beautiful Hallowed Wide Muse (by me!), then hand polished with linseed oil, and tied with mauve vegan lace leather. I can imagine this little talisman pendant on a keychain, hanging from a rearview mirror or drawer/doorknob, or even as a necklace pendant on a chain.
But mostly I imagine it as a beautiful small reminder to spend every day searching for The Hallowed Wide in our own lives–looking for deep connections and greater understanding wherever we can find it.
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