Music & Other Drugs would like to highlight an indie electronic infused artist from San Jose California. He goes by the name Williamson, and his electronic instrumentals sound like the perfect soundtrack music to your favorite indie movie. Even without words, his sounds put you into another space and time. Not surprisingly, his music has already been featured in two films, Cameron Crowe’s Aloha and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.
Williamson recently released his fifth album Backesto Park. The title of the album is in reference to the neighborhood where Williamson resides.
“Backesto Park is a wonderfully active, eclectic, and bizarre place. It’s a neighborhood that blends San Jose’s Japantown, longstanding Italian families, Vietnamese tennis prodigies and whole lot of Mexican pride. The park brings everyone together and is always buzzing.
His record Backesto Park meshes bits of rock while staying true to his electronic vibe. Music & Other Drugs is really impressed with this record, and its soothing and meditative nature. We are from the midwest, and it reminds us of backwoods, and the neighborhoods where we grew up.
Williamson’s Backesto Park is mood music. Fortunately, when listening to this album, we were looking for something subtle in nature; however, this may not be for everyone. Williamson’s music is a slow build; however, in order to fully appreciate his records you must give it time and listen to it from beginning to end.
One of the things interesting about Williamson’s latest album is he uses many outdoor influences, and various instrument rifts in his record. Williamson dives deeper in this notion by stating:
“I also tend to like a little noise in my music. Whether samples from old records, guitar buzz, and just environmental sounds and noises that I record out in the world – I just like having some sounds from the real-world in my music. Walking Home and Aiming for Light is named for and includes a recording of a walk in the dark while camping. Wade and Bonnie’s Craft kind of takes my love of natural recording to its self-indulgent extreme because it is an ode to and filled with the sounds of the home studio – guitars, analog synths, my wife sewing a dress, and yes, maybe the occasional cat.”
Check out Williamson’s newest record Backesto Park below.