Review of Folding, And The Tea [12k1021]

All Music Guide (.COM)

Immediate comparsions to Oval and Fennesz will be the first thing coming to mind upon listening to Folding, and the Tea. And while they are mildly reasonable, they are also far too convenient to accurately describe what Willits does on his debut release for 12k. Digitally processed guitar washes flow in and out of sync with one another, creating rhythmic patterns that are implied, rather than jumping out directly to the front of each composition. Tasteful melodies and harmonic patterns tease one another with great frequency and the interplay between harmony and dissonance. What sets Willits apart from the pack is his attention to detail and concentration on guitar textures. In a style where releases of this caliber are few and far between, this one is definitely worth seeking out. – Rob Theakston

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