Eolian: (adjective) Relating to, caused by, or carried by the wind.
Ian O’Dougherty started playing music in 1991 and has been in many bands from Denver: Uphollow, Ian Cooke, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Tauntaun, and others. Eolian started in 2008 and is the project for O’Dougherty’s own songs. In 2019, he released 52 Eolian songs, one each week. A longtime fan of surround music, O’Dougherty started assisting on mixes in 2003 and mixing during the next decade. All of the previously mentioned bands except Tauntaun have surround mixes.
Eolian’s Division is a concept album about the disparate experiences of a community. On March 12, 2019, an ice storm knocked out power in various areas all over North America for several days. We slept from sundown to sunrise. Across the street the homes never lost power. For them things were as normal.
On March 12, 2020, the coronavirus caused a local and global lockdown. We saw a division of society, ethics, access, belief, and sides. The house across the street faced eviction. These songs came from those times. In this album, there’s a storm, a power outage, divisional experiences, and a switch of power. When access to power is shared, a spark starts a fire that burns down both sides. All will rebuild.