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Vinyl Williams @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall 

Wednesday, Jul 13 2016
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Vinyl Williams made a name for himself by taking neo-psychedelic pop to its most kaleidoscopic extreme. Culling inspiration from hippie culture and Ancient Egypt in equal measure, Williams creates sonic tapestries in step with the traditions of his '60s and '70s forefathers. Which is to say it's probably not a mistake that his haircut resembles the one T. Rex singer Marc Bolan rocked in his heyday. After catching the attention of his contemporaries in the psych community, Williams signed to Toro Y Moi's Company Records and toured the country with Temples, England's best psych rock band in recent memory. He'll rejoin Temples for their North American jaunt later this year, but until then he's staying busy working on his third full-length album, Brunei. Lead single "Riddles of the Sphinx" dropped at the end of June, complete with wandering synths and reverb-drenched vocals intoning lines from the medieval prayer book The Cloud of Unknowing. Turns out inspiration really can come from anywhere, including anonymous literary works of the late 14th century.

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