Working with producer Cooper Crain, Bill constructed Both with the ribs of composition protruding from his improvisational electron pool, pulsing with energies black and shiny, finding lots of sound and music in the process. The listening experience is only faux-monolithic — you can take it all in as a big noise thing if you want, but it’s much more rewarding to lean in and observe the variety of colours and spaces in the playing, how it breaks along discrete lines into alternating currents. The small details, like the crunch of contact between fingers and strings, the hum of the amp in a resting moment, the rhythm implied in a waveform and then pursued, all build up into melodies, climatic detours and underlying emotional expression before wiping into silence again. A real encompassing vision of what to do with a guitar in this day and age. Plus, you got cover artwork by Daniel Higgs!
Naturally, we were curious as to Bill’s intentions, influences and yeah, even his inhibitions, about making this record. The interview, though, tended to go like this:
Q: Did you feel like it was time to do a solo album, or was this just something that happened?
Q: Would you call this an improvised record, or is it more through-composed?
Q: Do you like doing studio recordings like this, or are you more a live guy?
Q: You present a lot of melodies, albeit in unconventional ways – but the album has a fine digital precision to it, a beat that emerges in the end. Does the melodic portion come first, or the sense of rhythm to a piece?
Jesus f***! We really walked right into it there, not asking any yes or no questions. But at least now we know what the album title’s about. That’s right, everything. The more we listen, the more we agree — whether you’re looking for a pure head cleaning or a further perversion of the 21st century academy of sound, you’ll get both! If you want something you can blast through the boombox or dissect on headphones, Bill’s made both. Honestly, even if Bill’s making more than one solo album every decade or so, we’ll take Both. Until the next one!
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