Published on November 25th, 2012 | by greg0
Vinyl Williams: Lemniscate:: Review
By all accounts, I should love everything about Vinyl Williams’ debut Lemniscate because it trades in both the shoegaze and space rock genres and those both greatly appeal to me. Lionel (Vinyl) Williams also seems like a generally interesting songwriter who’s willing to expand the musical palette of his respective genres by incorporating a lo-fi aesthetic that gives Lemniscate a crusty texture, akin to some lost artifact found on a half remembered archaeological dig. But there was something missing about Lemniscate that caused a huge disconnect for me.
What Lemniscate was missing were distinguishable and memorable songs! Lemniscate contains mid-tempo numbers that meander and generally outstay their welcome until the next mid-tempo track arrives for it to blandly mesh against. Call me crass, but when I listen to an album regardless of the genre, I typically notice things that stand out and cause me to return to the album for another listen. Lemniscate only gets interesting towards the end of the album in the form of “Follow In Your Dreams” and bonus track “Harmonious Change” and that simply didn’t do it for me because it arrived too late. With time, Vinyl Williams will probably grow an impressive catalog – his talent is still formulating on Lemniscate.