Listening to Vinyl Williams is like listening to Vinyl Williams listening to Vinyl Williams. That is to say, when we listen to his layers upon layers of intricate “sonic matrices” — loaded with reverb, languid vocals and Shoegaze-y echo-chamber revelry —we’re probably incredibly close to what Vinyl Williams wants us to hear, thanks to his deft musical mastery. A native of Los Angeles and the grandson of legendary film composer John Williams, Lionel “Vinyl” Williams (who plays live shows with a full band) has a firm grasp on his vision of Psychedelic Pop by way of Chillwave, incorporating clever distortions, muddied guitars and wandering synth lines, which yield fluttering, gleaming psychedelic sound bites that resonate long after the dust has settled.
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