Remarkable album this for the solo project of a 25-year-old. Although to be fair Vinyl Williams gets that surname from John Williams the film composer. That would explain some of the impressively grand sprawl that he has managed to pull together for Into’s fourteen tracks, none of which contain a note not written and performed by Williams himself. My my.
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When your grandad is film composer John Williams and your dad was in Air Supply, how can you possibly fail in the world of music? Vinyl Williams (Lionel to his friends) has crafted an album which forges a similar path to other hazy pop troubadours such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, LA Priest and Atlas Sound. He has stumbled across a wonderfully woozy soft sound giving the impression that the album was recorded on cotton wool whilst Williams ate candy floss in the vocal booth.
The second track ‘Space Age Utopia’ neatly sums up all that is good about Williams. It’s drifty, catchy, soft and top down pop with a vocal recalling The Zombies' Colin Blunstone and lovely warm keys picking out exotic melodies. Strangely (and I’m not sure whether it’s the offspring of someone famous tag muddling my brain) I’m reminded at times of the Taylor McFerrin record. Although there are shades of Stones Throw type drift-hop, it’s all together more in an ‘indie’ field -- though it has that same sense of sprawling West Coast goodness. ‘Ring’ sounds a little like Eric Matthews dragged into the modern age of composition.
The only weakness is that the album is simply too long, later experiments in Neu-aping kraut-rock and shoe-gaze aren’t really necessary as the first half of the album impresses enough on its own terms. Still better to have too much stuff than not enough. A new and impressive name to add to the ever growing list of soft rock renegades.
10/10 Erik Steevens Customer review, 27th August 2015
I must admit I was first of all blown away from the album cover, I discovered "Into" at the new AppleMusic and when I started listening to it was such a mindblower! I hear influences from Syd Barrett (which is always a pearly basis) and other '60s psychedelic bands but it all sounds so new and fresh, and with the angelical voice on top it is for me a perfect record. I also dig the variation in the track rank which means there are some interstellar instrumentals. I immediately bought it on vinyl by Norman Records!
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