By Dani Kowalczyk
Oh Wade Williamson, you make reviewing you so easy. Or maybe more difficult because I’ve developed an affection for you, over most. Disclaimer: I have not met, experienced or listened to Williamson prior to this meeting, to this, dare I say..awakening?! Seriously, the electo-rock jams of Williamson’s ‘Backesto Park’ are reminiscent of Tycho, RATATAT, and maybe just a little bit like Tape Deck Mountain, one of my most coveted tracks. The California native has years of studio work under his belt and after two years and five albums (within the 8 years prior), he has produced Backestro Park for our listening pleasure. Williams’ popularity is quickly growing as many have taken note of his potential, including Cameron Crowe, who invited Williamson to take part in his opening credits in Aloha. Numerous independent films and multimedia projects have included music from Backesto Park, including Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, the acclaimed television series.
I would be very hard pressed to say there is just one, or just a few tracks that I vibe with, that I love. But as my opening sentence proves, I am very much a fan on the entire meditative album, every single song. What’s better than the aesthetically pleasing visuals that the music seamlessly weaves in and out of is the fluidity of progression. Williamson is a master. He is not only aware of each track’s progression and build, but also that the entire EP works as a story. It’s no surprise that the album named after his San Jose neighborhood has a strange presence of cultures, professions, and pride in one place. Each unique energy carrying an essence that works in union to create a moving, thriving neighborhood that many, including Williamson, call home. “I just like having some sounds from the real-world in my music.” An audible, musical depiction of this energy is very much alive in the album from “All Thanks to Paul” to “These Broken Day Blues.”
Try to contain yourself, folks…this one is a real winner.