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Monday, November 12, 2012

Vinyl Williams's Higher Worlds

Posted by on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

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  • Salonislam
Vinyl Williams
Lemniscate
(Salonislam)

I've listened to the new record from LA visual artist and one-man band Lionel "Vinyl" Williams, the grandson of Oscar-winning composer and Spielberg associate John Williams, a few times now, and though it's evocative of other bands and genres I enjoy—Can, A.R. Kane, Radiohead, and even Brazilian samba—I'm not as enamored as I expected.

In its nods to dream pop and space rock, Lemniscate dances around the sweet spot, but my appreciation never gave way to adoration. The pulsing melodies suggest dreams and devotion, much like Young Magic's Melt, but it feels like something's missing. I can't put my finger on what, though, and he certainly has a pleasant enough voice. That said, I'm quite taken with the track "Higher Worlds," which isn't radically different from anything else on the 22-year-old's debut, but it offers the clearest snapshot of his strengths as a musician and composer.

Salonislam releases Lemniscate on Nov 13. Stream the whole thing at AllMusic.

Side note: If you should ever come across any interviews with Williams, I suggest you do not read them. He's one of those precocious gits who likes to spout spacy gobbledygook in lieu of conventional information. I suppose he finds this edgy or amusing or something, but it isn't.

 

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