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by Mark Wardale

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Byrja 01:25
Cascade 03:09
Neon 03:34
Prelude 02:20
Close 03:16
Orion 04:02
Pebbles 04:27
Óreiða 02:54
Nova 07:20
Þægindi 04:50
Sails 05:38


“To listen to ‘Close‘ is to enter a world where neoclassical, ambient, and post-rock elements are intertwined, infused with Scandinavian character, and ornamented with eclectic sonic flourishes. While the same could be said of the music of Row Boat, the new record marks a noticeable shift toward modern classical elements and cinematic flair as the ambient & post-rock atmospherics are employed much more sparingly. In addition, Wardale demonstrates his growing compositional prowess by weaving a cohesive tale in which the narrative of each track supports a greater one that flows through the entire album.” - Brian Housman, Stationary Travels

“Close,” by Mark Wardale (aka Row Boat) carries us on a dramatic journey overseeing a frozen paradise.
With the first track, “Byrja,” we begin by taking our first careful steps upon stairs of piano keys, then climb violin strings to board our horned ship of brass.
While riding the skies upon, “Veðráttufarsríma,” we hear our guide sing the lost story of our vessel in a voice both clear and waning.
We descend to the shores where the stoic tides are interrupted by, “Pebbles,” and surrender to the entropy of, “Óreiða.”
Our voyage ends with us wrapped in the gentle, “Sails,” that just moments before harnessed the full force of the arctic wind.
The musical craft that is the album, “Close,” gives us the perfect vantage point from which to view this world of clashing extremes and hushed tranquility. We experience swimming up waterfalls and climb mountains made of water. We build sandcastles of ash and study the light of prisms through the dark.
Wardale has crafted a narrative score that, like the voices of the unseen elves, charms and bewitches the listener and leads her to a magical world of chill beauty.


released November 9, 2018

For Marie

This album was written & recorded in Yorkshire, UK at Four Pillar Music ℗©

Recorded Between March 2017 and July 2017
Bottle Imp Productions 2018
All Rights Reserved

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my family for all of your support, tolerance and patience. You are my world.



Additional credits:

Art by Joshua McAllister
Photography by Annika Wardale
Vocals on ‘Veðráttufarsríma’ performed by Parmes Sigurjónsson
Additional Thanks to Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir, Ísmús, Dan, Will Bangs.


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Mark Wardale UK

British composer Mark Wardale, creating classical crossover and alternative music for TV and Film

Clients: Salomon, Red Bull, Logitech, Finisterre, Cape Town City F.C

Labels - Bottle Imp Productions

Licensing - Music Box
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