Euphoria

Euphoria

by Devon Williams
     
 

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From the snotty punk-pop of Osker to the lively alt-folk of Fingers Cut Megamachine and dreamy noise pop of the Champagne Socialists, Devon Williams has shown a wandering spirit over his decade-plus career. For his second album as a solo artist, Euphoria, Williams depicts a hyper-technicolor forest under a bright blue sky on the cover,See more details below

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From the snotty punk-pop of Osker to the lively alt-folk of Fingers Cut Megamachine and dreamy noise pop of the Champagne Socialists, Devon Williams has shown a wandering spirit over his decade-plus career. For his second album as a solo artist, Euphoria, Williams depicts a hyper-technicolor forest under a bright blue sky on the cover, but musically lands somewhere between the romantic melancholy of '80s U.K. post-punk and lush orchestration of '90s chamber pop. First single "Your Sympathy," offering an apology in the form of a winningly offbeat chorus, and the hopeful "Right Direction" echo the shimmering guitar of The Head on the Door-era Cure. Williams gets reflective with "How Is There Always Room" and "Sufferer," conjuring the wistful balladry of the Smiths and gentle New Order-esque keyboard as a canvas for his unguarded lyrics. Euphoria is successful as an artistic statement, and listeners will be equally at home with the familiar musical references and Williams' openhearted songcraft, but overall the record falls a bit short due to wearing its influences too faithfully. If Williams allows his own voice to be his guide -- which has proven to serve him well in projects past -- he'll come closer to fully realizing his potential. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2011
Label:
Slumberland Records
UPC:
0749846013323
catalogNumber:
133
Rank:
246181

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Performance Credits

Devon Williams   Primary Artist
Wayne Faler   Guitar
Joey Valentine   Drums
Julie Carpenter   Violin
Jessica Catron   Cello
Bill Gray   Bass
Marty Sataman   Keyboards
Natalie Brejcha   Viola
Nick Murray   Drums
Rachel Neveu   Flute
Elizabeth Saller   Flute
Eric Clark   Violin

Technical Credits

Rod Cervera   Engineer
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction
David Carswell   Engineer
Gage Taylor   Cover Art
Carlos de la Garza   Engineer,String Mixing
Devon Williams   Composer
Jimi Hey   Arranger
Steve Gregoropoulos   String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement

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