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Record of the Week: Christopher Willits – Tiger Flower Circle Sun (Ghostly International)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Another great week for music as we have quite a few releases to talk about. When Mark Olson puts out a record and we can still gush about three more records on top of that, you know it’s going to be a good week.

First and foremost though is an album that I have been anticipating for quite awhile right now. Christopher Willits put out his last “proper” full length 4 years ago titled, Surf Boundaries. The follow-up, Tiger Flower Circle Sun, continues his brand of incredibly intelligent compositions that manages to be hard to pinpoint into a genre. Glitchy ambient pop? While Willits continues to explore and experiment, he manages to keep his songs and ideas succinct, with most of them clocking in around 3 and a half minutes and the longest being only 5 and a half minutes. For people working in the context of anything remotely ambient, that’s nearly unheard of.

What really will amaze you about this album is that Christopher Willits is a guitarist, first and foremost. He does a lot of computer processing, being a software engineer with a master’s degree in electronic composition from Mills College, that turns his guitar into an instrument of endless possibilities. There are moments where the guitar is just the guitar though, as evidenced on the very folk based, “Light Into Branches.”

All in all, Christopher Willits has turned in an absolutely fantastic album that rates up there amongst this year’s finest.

Listen to “Light Into Branches” from Christopher Willits’ Tiger Flower Circle Sun

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Listen to “Sun Body” from Christopher Willits’ Tiger Flower Circle Sun

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Honorable Mentions

Best Coast – Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)

What could have very easily have been Record of the Week itself, Best Coast’s debut full length is 20 something odd minutes of throwback girl group, garage pop that is going to be just about everyone’s Summer record of 2010 and at the top of most people’s album of the year as we creep closer to 2011.

Listen to “Goodbye” from Best Coast’s Crazy For You

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Jaill – That’s How We Burn (Sub Pop)

Sub Pop have seriously been firing on all cylinders lately, with nothing but killer records this year with the likes of Beach House, Male Bonding, Wolf Parade, Dum Dum Girls, Avi Buffalo, and far too many others to remember. They continue it with the new album by Jaill, that is an excellent jangly summer indie-pop record, sharing some similarities to the Girls album that came out last year.

Listen to “Everyone’s Hip” from Jaill’s That’s How We Burn

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