Often seen poised in front of some electronic equipment while holding a nice guitar to his chest, Christopher Willits is of course an ambient musician. 'Opening' is his new record, and it comprises an audiovisual work that connects his music with light, as shown in the film that accompanies it (think of your favourite wordless landscape documentary and you've got something like Willits' film). This is, in essence, an ambient score for a film that traverses the natural and man-made landscape of countries around the world.
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Primarily this is an ambient album. The textures are soft and breathy, the synths whisper ‘new age’ or even ‘Enya’. Its like floating on a cloud. There are though, beats. On ‘Clear’ they shuffle in and are a welcome addition to the soothing bed of softness. Willits also adds what I could describe as guitar ‘licks’ to the equation but he does it very subtly, they are mixed way back as to not disturb the tranquility. ‘Ground’ strips away any thoughts of beats acting as a bed rock and explores the nuances between gliding synths and curlicues of guitars.
This is comparable to the hazy textures of the likes of Tycho and Ulrich Schnauss but is even more so. Its bleached out photo atmospherics recall a becalmed Boards of Canada, particularly when beats do finally appear. You need to turn it up loud, everything is bubbling under the surface, the sounds of rain and wind and sea appear from time time. The album soothes but you’ll need to draw it in.
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