Christopher Willits


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AllMusic Review by Paul Simpson

Christopher Willits' sixth Ghostly International release, simply titled Sunset, is intended as a soundtrack to that very event; the composer advises the listener to start playing it 15 minutes before sundown. Considering the ambitious scope of some of Willits' other works, such as the immersive spatial audio recording Horizon (intended to surround listeners and align with sleep patterns) or the glitchy avant-pop of Surf Boundaries, the 32-minute Sunset seems remarkably straightforward and concise. The album's five pieces blur the lines between a warm, shimmering glow and a nocturnal chill, with rich, flowing tones smoothly drifting like clouds which become less visible as the sky darkens. When listening through headphones, subtle changes in spatial dynamics are audible, continuing with the innovative sonic concepts of Horizon and lending to the surreal, transportive sensations of the music. Tracks like "Coast" are a soothing blend of faded shoegaze guitars and slowly twisting textural layers, greeting the dusk with cloudy melodies and vaguely melancholy atmosphere. "Transpire" layers field recordings under warm synth vibrations, conveying a feeling of tension cooling off. "Pacific 3" ends the release with a sense of calm resolution, ensuring that the night will be peaceful and there's nothing to worry about.

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