Isle Royale Study - this portrays the wolf as an object of human scientific study, without getting too hard-edged on the science side of things, so, science as more of a warm, squishy human behavior than a cold system of principles. we watch them, we want to know what they're up to. it also refers to Isle Royale in Lake Superior, which is an awesome place I have yet to visit (regrettably!) that harbors several wild wolf packs.
Den Mother Dear - in this one I wanted to portray the wolf as a warm-blooded, loving family-oriented being, and to kind of tell its story from its own point of view. i wanted to draw an emotional connection between our world and the world of wolves, so i appealed to the idea of a mother's gentle affection.
King of Currumpaw - this covers the wolf as the object of myth and fantastical tall-tale style celebration in human culture, and simultaneously, tells the story of how Ernest Seton went from being a trapper to an animal lover and advocate. It refers to a particular wolf who eluded trappers amazingly until they killed his mate and brutally injured him. When Ernest Seton realized the level of savagery he had sunk to just to bag the animal, he became a reformed animal protection crusader for the rest of his life - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobo_the_King_of_Currumpaw (it's a short article, but worth a read I think!)
Aerial Kill - this one is about the practice of aerial wolf hunting (gunning them down from airplanes in Alaska), a program that was twice dismantled by majority vote by the people of Alaska, and twice reinstated by government officials against their wishes and against the biological community's findings. The claim is that it serves the purpose of population control, but many hunters feel it is brutal, unsportsmanlike, and is carried out by contracted "thrill killers". (here is a fairly decent video explaining the dealio - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KTLeLqw7Hw )
Phase With The Moon - I wrote this track in 2006, and it has barely been changed since then except for having a few volume levels tweaked. It is the beating heart of the EP. I'd be lying if I said it never brought a tear to my eye. Being just a pretty track about how I think wolves are cool, it doesn't portray anything really, but it is probably the most innocent and heartfelt piece of music on the whole EP. Pointless trivia: the faint sample at the very end is a baby wolf doing its first howl, recorded off a National Geographic program.
Ely Rendezvous Site - this track portrays the wolf as a Minnesotan creature. Boreal Network has always been in part a love letter to Minnesota, and the state is unique in that it harbors an environment for many wild wolves up north. Ely is the town where the International Wolf Center is located - and 'Rendezvous Site' refers to the place where wolves meet throughout their life to find mates.
Once Roamed - just two words, a warning from the future, and a reminder of the past.
Write up by Nicole Johnson of Boreal Network. Get Phase With The Moon here.