JULIAN WILLIAMS is a Melbourne musician and playwright. He is well known as a member of the Hi God People, who have performed on National ABC tv, supported Sonic Youth, played the What Is Music and Liquid Architecture festivals, and released several acclaimed albums. Julian has written, directed and improvised theatre at La Mama and other venues. He has released a large body of music and writing through his long-running label and fanzine From The Same Mother.
LIQUIDAMBER Julian'solo album from 2009 and represents a merging of his pop and experimental careers, reflecting influences from the Beach Boys to John Cage. The 12 songs feature multi-layered vocal harmonies and time-shifted sound samples atop guitars, organs and flutes. His lyrics are about philosophy, the role of humans in the universe, and tribal rites and ceremonies from Africa, South America and Asia. Included is a bonus EP Signs/Skilti, which was the soundtrack to Julian's 2004 outdoor theatrical performance at Ceres.
"Drowned in ghostly choirs, levitating organ drone, quasi-traditional percussion rites and beautifully rudimentary computer manipulation." (Jon Dale, Uncut magazine, February 2009)
"It's pop music for the experimentalists: highly original, highly idiosyncratic outsider music, with bizarre sounds careering around happily, over which Williams intones, multi-tracked in very loose harmony with himself. ... The icing on the cake is his vocal harmonies: his call and lethargic response, his dense and at times extremely scattered layers and pitches of vocals. ... It's music that bends time, that messes with your equilibrium and makes you wonder if you'll ever get old enough that the flashbacks will finally end." (Bob Baker Fish, Inpress, January 2009)
"Mystical and searching in the extreme, Williams has turned in a bottler of backyard surrealism that confirms him - if such a thing were in doubt - as key to Melbourne's current psych-primitivist crop." (Mark Gomes, ThreeThousand.com, January 2009)
Liquidambar is being released in 2009 by the SYNAESTHESIA (London) and SPILL (Melbourne) labels. Julian launched the album in Melbourne and Brisbane in January 2009.
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