LA-based musician and visual artist, Lionel “Vinyl” Williams releases his third full-length album, Brunei next Friday, August 26 on Company Records, the label of Toro Y Moi/Les Sins mastermind Chaz Bundick, who’s featured on the new album. In anticipation of the upcoming release, the record will be streamed in full for the following week. Vinyl Williams will be heading on tour this fall bringing his dreamy psychedelic sounds to a town near you. Tour dates below.
Williams is an internationally exhibited visual artist and musician who’s been releasing music under his Vinyl Williams alias since 2010. Bundick recorded the track “Evol” at his Berkeley studio with Williams and guitarist Ian Gibbs. “Voidless,” a Hawkwind-like improvisational track, was elevated with the help of Medicine’s, Brad Laner. The shoegaze icon added four-part vocal harmonies and a fuzzy synth part to complete the song.
The album represents an impression of Brunei as an immaculate state of being. Despite its quality of life being ranked highly among Islamic nations, horrific laws exist to severely punish non-heteronormative behaviour. Brunei uses lush, Islam-influenced pop music to spread harmonious qualities with the world, to ultimately benefit the human psyche and physiology.
10/14-16 – Desert Daze, Joshua Tree #
10/21 – Turf Club, St Paul #
10/22 – Empty Bottle, Chicago #
10/23 – A&R Music Bar, Columbus #
10/24 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto #
10/26 – Bowery Ballroom, NYC #
10/27 – Rock & Roll Hotel, DC #
10/28 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia #
10/29 – Brighton Music Hall, Allston #
# w/ Temples
2. Riddles Of The Sphinx
3. Feedback Delicates
5. Celestial Gold
8. Mercurial Vestiges
9. The Presence Of Absence
10. Emerald Isle