Devon Williams has a knack for writing beautiful, soft-focus songs characterized by sun-catching guitars and gently-gliding vocal melodies. “Games,” from the forthcoming Gilding the Lily is no different, though it displays a greater structural obstinance than his previous work. The percussion kicks fitfully, and the surreal break that follows the first chorus is the kind of weird, dreamlike interlude that might turn up on a Destroyer song. It’s a strong step forward for the wistful troubadour.
By Laura Studarus on 02.09.12 in Lists
As Tennis, husband/wife team Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore temper sugar-sweet pop with a scrappy, garage-rock attitude. Their sophomore album Young & Old (produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney) is an irony-free...
By Barry Walters on 05.12.08 in Reviews
Most singer-songwriters plying power-pop have relied on one fixed musical persona that lines up neatly with an unwavering lyrical point of view. Devon Williams hasn't done that. This young Los Angeleno launched his c...
By Tess Duncan on 12.10.14 in News
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By Maria Sherman on 10.24.14 in Features
Maria Sherman accompanies the UK band on their tour of the states.