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Vinyl Williams - Into

by Joseph Majsterski Rating:7 Release Date:2015-07-24

Vinyl Williams fits neatly Into that odd little subgenre of music that takes you back in time to a futuristic, hippy-drenched, spacey 1970s, where everything is fuzzy and full of dappled sunlight and beige hues inside a biodome orbiting Jupiter. All the sounds seem to be coming through gauzy film, muted and soothing.

A lot of what's here essentially sounds like Washed Out with a female vocalist. This is most true for the hazy glow of 'World Soul', with its blunted bass and frizzy splashes of keybord, 'Iguana City', a slowly spiraling song orbiting a buried bassline, and 'Zero Wonder', with tons of fuzz covering everything in sight. 'Allaz' is also very fuzzy, but throws in some wah-wahs to distinguish itself.

Which is to say the album is not a monolithic blob of sound. Tracks like 'Greatest Lives', with its crackling march percussion and funky licks, change things up nicely.

'Xol Rumi', a multi-sectioned, 10-minute odessey, harks back to more of a mid-90s alternative sound, with swirly guitars in the vein of Lush. Other songs, like the perky leadoff 'Gold Lodge' and 'Plinth of Uncanny Design', packed with a fast-moving bassline and some warbly, squeaky keys, will draw easy comparisons to Stereolab.

The overall aesthetic at play, though, is a dreamy, floaty, scratchy journey through foggy memories and nostalgia. Track titles like 'Space Age Utopia' and 'The Tears of an Inanimate Object' really give away the game here. Musical grognards will enjoy all the influences at play, but newbies might not get it.

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