Will Samson's fifth album release - his first for Wichita Recordings.
Paralanguage is Will Samson’s fifth album and follows releases through Karaoke Kalk (Hauschka, Bill Wells) and Talitres (Destroyer), as well as a string of EPs and collaborative projects. Across his previous releases Will has experimented with electronica, folktronica, ambient and a more guitar-friendly aesthetic - Paralanguage finds him exploring and assuredly consolidating these various styles.
Musically, the album perfectly captures the “dreams and meditative experiences” that provided inspiration for the record with Will’s experiments with water-soaked vintage tape machines adding an atmospheric layer to the recordings. His fragile vocals (often compared to Sufjan Stevens and Patrick Watson) and evocative lyrics also add to the dreamlike feeling of the record. The album features contributions from additional musicians including pedal steel and double bass from Ben Lester & Jeremy Boettcher from S. Carey, electronics from Message To Bears and violin from Will Samson’s long-term touring partner Beatrijs De Klerck.
- Beyond The Dust
- The Human Mosaic
- Ochre Alps
- The Smallest Sliver
Praise for Paralanguage: “A beautiful, hushed and contemplative record, the falsetto reminding you of Bon Iver, the intricacy and tenderness recalling kindred spirits such as Nils Frahm and Sufjan Stevens.” Sunday Times
“On ‘Beyond The Dust’ his accompaniment shifts into tenebrous Blue Nile realms, its beat so minimal every piano, violin and synth note counts, while on ‘The Human Mosaic’ he leaves a reflecting pool enveloped in an Eno–esque haze… A succinct session of lucid dreaming.” Classic Pop – 4 stars ****
“Beguiling music to soothe your soul… An album of subtle beauty that leaves a lasting impression.” The Sun – 4 stars ****
“Floating melodies and gently skittering beats… There’s a trippy, otherworldly quality to Sansom’s programming and his ethereal, yearning falsetto.” Uncut – 7/10
“A delicate, persuasive balance between ambience and formal song structures… Minimal keyboard patterns are infilled with pattering, glitchy beats... Choir–like wash, pedal steel and double bass bring further colour.” MOJO