Mike Williams Releases New LP 'Snow Breath'
British composer Mike Williams has released his newest LP record album, titled, "Snow Breath." The record is comprised of 14 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. The album has been published on the MHW Records Ltd. music label. It represents the first official release by Williams in over 30 years.
Asked to cite some of his main artistic influences, Williams names entire genres of music composition, including Avant-Garde, Free Jazz, and New Tonality. Of these schools of experimental music, none sound more prevalent than the others in "Snow Breath, " although the New Tonality style resounds like a sonic blanket over its entirety.
New Tonality, which is also referred to as New Simplicity or New Romanticism, is sometimes noted for unpredictable changes across a broad spectrum of emotional color. As an effort to musically paint the composer's artistic impulses, it allows for highly imaginative possibilities while bearing in mind certain classical principles.
Coming also from his roguish Avant-Garde and Free Jazz sensibilities, Williams' "Snow Breath" is alive with imagery and emotion in ways few music fans are likely to have enjoyed.
Williams writes of these themes, "The cover picture shows a forest path covered in snow, suggesting a difficult journey through the winter of life, but also suggesting the opportunity of the silence that comes with a 'Snow Breath' that puts life on hold, giving the opportunity to stop, think and reflect."
His "Snow Breath" album was inspired by a rare snow that fell on the Isle of Wight in 2012, where Williams has lived in retreat for several years. The inclement weather gave him pause, and in that pause the music came to him.
Williams is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied composition and viola. His interest in electronic and experimental music began there. Today, having plucked up his viola once more and learned to use his laptop computer as a professional recording studio, Williams is making his return known with this exceptional new LP.
"Snow Breath" by Mike Williams is available online worldwide beginning 3 January 2014.
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