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*Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net.* With a title like "Bill Murray" (I know, I know - I like him too, but c'mon) and the undeniably silly contest Bathetic ran in promotion of the album, it'd be tempting to write off William Cody Watson's latest LP as purely ironic pastiche, and it'd be a shame to do so as, in reality, Watson has put together a rather stunning album of hazy droneworks and sound design. The sides of the LP are structured as movements and develop seamlessly and dynamically. Watson is adept at creating atmospheres rife with wistful nostalgia and tinged just slightly with pink noise and distortion, lest they begin to lull the listener into stasis. My favorite movement comes just several moments into the A-side, as writhing, pastoral drones are submerged in a hissing, snarling web of distorted sound that threatens to purge the piece of its beauty before falling away as though felled by some larger power. All in all, a great, imminently listenable release from Watson and another winner from Bathetic - just don't be fooled by the cavalier nature of the title. - Alex Cobb, Experimedia
Here's what some friends had to say:
JEFF STONEHOUSE | LISTENING MIRROR
"Like a solar storm in the frozen north - I find myself dreaming of an Airstream trailer in the snow, lying on my back watching the stars through a flickering veil of green and blue."
"A thousand delicate razors of sound cutting through the air, I don't know what it all means, but it's heartbreaking and beautiful."
DAN SVIZENY | COUGH COOL
"I want to float, but it feels too heavy."
"An experience that continues to sense the edges, then re-trace and perpetually navigate between past and future unknown. simultaneously grounded and intangible, William Cody Watson's Bill Murray LP reveals a cathartic process that continues to resonate after each side has been completed. a slowly-morphing vessel: at times, full and orchestral, only to then shift emphasis to just enough physical texture and grit to complement. beautifully paced; this listener is left with a vivid, yet dream-like memory and a desire for more."
ALICIA MERZ | BIRDS OF PASSAGE
"I had the pleasure of listening to this album a few months back, and I couldn't be more excited about it. As a fan, I can honestly say that this is Cody's most beautiful record to date."
JOHN KOLODIJ | HIGH AURA'D
"Bill Murray radiates out, like a cruel score to Maria's Transformation off-world halos, ghastly plumes emanate from extraterrestrial goddesses galaxies form and black holes succumb electric arcs cascade, transforming making whole making better golden rockets pierce the atmosphere, peeling off layers-riding the Aurora settling and coasting on solar breeze"
TK NICHOLSON | WORKIN' NIGHTS
"Look through the lens of the Hubble telescope. Deep into the black realm of deep field space there's a man floating seamlessly. The sound of space static collapses in his helmet. He reaches for air and turns up the volume. A faint glimmer of light ahead, a star inside a star inside a star. The spaceman knows he's been here before but things are different. An Apollo Atmosphere and Soundtrack. The black leads to black. It's on fire. He wants a better view even if he knows better. Captain calls, "Bill, we're bringing you back in." No, no, I'm fine. Bill releases his helmet and hears space collapse around him. Feels better, feels the weight gone forever. Space is on fire. A star is born. Name: Bill Murray."
OMAR MASHAAL | THE DAWNS
"Played concurrently with 1984's Ghostbusters, Bill Murray signifies the inevitable resurgence of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man aka William Cody Watson."
Melody / Atmosphere / Tone / Structure by William Cody Watson
Mastered by James Plotkin
Artwork by James Hines
Each vinyl record comes with a hand-numbered insert.
Release/catalogue number: bath062lp
Release date: Jul 6, 2012