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From the upcoming album “Azure”, Vinyl Williams‘ presents the kaleidoscopic rocker “Mithras” The track has a particularly dense universe of sounds. Williams (aka Lionel Williams) crafts what he calls Celestial pop or space rock and both descriptors fit. Mithras moves on fast paced shifting drums, guitars lines / patterns that seem to be sparring with each other, counter punching while the bass deftly twists and turns in between and through them. It is progressively wrought while Williams vocals do the opposite, he sings in long hushed sustains, mantra like, hypnotic pearls of wisdom:

“Let the acting be divine / Let parallels collide / In eternal lines divine / An everlasting vexation / Back stabbing the world”

The music tussles while he sings. The drummer pulling off spiraling fills. But after the lyrical bed which moves linear without any verse / chorus pattern, the song shifts once more into a series of swelling down beats as guitars attack but mellow ways. Then a slightly ramping tempo and more divergent shifts in tone, in sounds swirling about and lyrics this time at a faster pace like Williams universe is in expansion and then the drum rolls to a final crash.

Vinyl Williams’ anticipated LP Azure is set to release June 5th 2020 on Requiem Pour Un Twister. After collaging hundreds of paintings together in a string of new artwork, Williams combined over 25 paintings just to create the album art for Azure; attempting to equally represent the complexly organic & decadent music apparent on the record. It was recorded from 2018-2020 in Los Angeles, at three locations of Non Plus Ultra (Los Angeles venue).

The first single is a wild harmonious odyssey, and out toady. Check out the track and immersive interactive world created by Williams, “Azure” marks a point of higher equilibrium for songwriter Lionel Williams, employing far more restraint & rapidity than his earlier releases, as well as a concentration of unifying paradoxical qualities. The last record, Opal (2018) received critical acclaim by Pitchfork and was listed on NME’s best of 2018 list. Vinyl Williams’ earlier releases are cult favourites for their incessant bliss & driving rhythms, such as Brunei (2016) & Trance Zen Dental Spa (2015 – collaboration with Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi).

Williams is equally known for his interactive video worlds, 360º videos, web art, and downloadable environments, inhabited by hyper dimensional palaces you might find in an ultimate future. Azure will be accompanied by a fully-interactive website, where the audience can discover secret symbols hidden in the world, to advance and get to each next song. Vinyl Williams’ live show is a spectacle of pearlescent sights & sounds, with all of Williams’ work combined & sync’d together in rapturous hyper-dimensional moments. He has created virtual music videos for Tears For Fears, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Spaceface, Morgan Delt, & several other artists.

In the end, “Mithras” is a beautiful life affirming exhaustion.