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Album Review

Immediate comparisons to Oval and Fennesz will be the first comparisons coming to mind upon listening to Christopher Willits' Folding, and the Tea. While they are mildly reasonable, they are also too convenient to accurately describe what Willits does on his debut release for 12k. Digitally processed guitar washes flow in and out of sync with one another, creating rhythmic patterns that are implied, rather than jumping out directly to the front of each composition. Tasteful melodies and harmonic patterns tease one another with great frequency and the interplay between harmony and dissonance. What sets Willits apart from the pack is his attention to detail and concentration on guitar textures. In a style where releases of this caliber are few and far between, this one is definitely worth seeking out.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

San Francisco-based multimedia artist Christopher Willits studied visual arts at the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a master's degree in electronic music at Mills College. By 2006, he released a handful of albums credited solely to him -- including 2002's Pollen and Folding, and the Tea, as well as 2006's more song-oriented Surf Boundaries -- in addition to numerous collaborations. He has recorded with Flössin (featuring Kid 606 and Hella's Zach Hill), North Valley Subconscious Orchestra (with...
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