Television LandscapeWILLIAM BRITTELLE

Television Landscape

William Brittelle demonstrates the distinction between a traditional songwriter and a sophisticated composer through a series of symphonic soundscapes bearing an expansive and thematic feel. Synths, strings, supple acoustic guitars and flailing metallic riffing provide a shifting setting, as Brittelle braces the arrangements with rich, vibrant textures and continual kinetic fluidity. As the title implies, the sound often seems larger than life and spectacular in scope. A synthesis of modern classical invention and avant-garde experimentation, Television Landscape taps Zappa, mid-period King Crimson and composer Gustav Holst as obvious influences. Despite its complexity, it also boasts moments of subtle intimacy, the quietly alluring paean “Sheena Easton” chief among them.

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