同時，《八匹馬》在海內外收獲了極高的評價。入選beehype：Best Albums of 2014 Top 2；知名評論網站arcticdrones上《八匹馬》獲得了8分的高分評價；同時專輯中《Welcome to Utopia》獲得了Outstanding Songs of 2014 that You Might Have Missed； that’s評定為中國大陸2016年發行的十佳唱片（The 10 Best Albums from Mainland China in 2016）等等；
後期的混音制作，我們找了四位制作人混不同的歌曲，他們是Tomàn的Wouter, PK 14的楊海崧，Which Park樂隊的老王以及同我們合作了上張唱片《0.7》的安基國。我們拋棄了所謂專輯歌曲的壹致性，因為專輯收錄的8首歌對我們自己來說本身也是差異性很大，所以我們決定幹脆放大這種差異性。
In 2014, Wang Wen released their 8th album <Eight Horses>, including 8 songs written from 2012 to 2014. For the first time, Wang Wen decided to record their album in a non-studio place. <Eight Horses> was recorded in Echo Library, in which Wang Wen’s experimented different sounds for the unique space. For producing, Wang Wen invited 4 different engineers/musicians to mix the 8 songs which made the sound of this album a lot different with their previous works.
<Eight Horses> was highly rated by many music media worldwide.
Bee hype: Best Albums of 2014 Top 2
Arctic Drones: 8/10
The song “Welcome to Utopia” from <Eight Horses> was awarded as “Outstanding Songs of 2014 that You Might Have Missed” by Arctic Drones.
The 10 Best Albums from Mainland China in 2016 awarded by That’s magazine.
With <Eight Horses>, Wang Wen won “Rock Musician of the Year” of 4th Abbey Music Award, “Best Rock Music Instruments Play of the Year” of 6th MIDI Music Award, and “The Best Instrumental Music Album of the Year” of 15th Chinese Music Media Award.
The album “Eight Horses” consist of eight songs composed by Wang Wen in the last three years (2012-2014). I already lost track of the original inspirations for the songs. The stories or places that stimulated the initial motives are vague now. This time, unlike what we used to do before, a lot of the songs were drastically altered during the recording process. We also added numerous new ideas after the recording.
It was good fun to record this time. We abandoned the idea to use a studio like always. Instead, we moved all the recording equipments and our instruments to Echo Library. It was an amazing place. We spent about ten days there recording, with the confused readers moving around. It was almost like doing some performance art, in a bad way of course. We didn’t block out anyone during the recording, so the library and its upstairs cafe were both functional. Now if you listened really carefully, you might pick up the sounds of those people around the place at the time.
For the mixing process, we had four producers, Wouter Vlaeminck, from Tomàn, Yang Haisong from PK 14’s, Lao Wang from Which Park, and An Jiguo who was also the producer of our last album “0.7”. We give up the wholesome feeling and went to exaggerate the differences of those already very different songs.
The album “Eight Horses” is an very interesting attempt for Wang Wen, it is also our Eighth album on our fifteenth year together.
-by Wang Wen