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A rich melancholy percolates subtly through these abstract electronic textures, haunting the listener long after the record has finished. -- Plan B Magazine, June 2004

Bill Wells is a thoroughly modern maverick...a delightfully nuanced album. -- The Telegraph, May 2004

His strongest work to date, a delightful translation of the tender, tentative melodicism...into subtle, poised electronica. -- The Wire, July 2004

This 20 minute gem provides a lovely, acccessible introduction to the artist and his oeuvre. -- The List Magazine, May 2004

This CD is a revolution in miniature, a giant step...Simply, this is the shape of jazz to come, now. -- The Independent, April 2004

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Humanized electronics 12 July 2004
By Jan P. Dennis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bill Wells has done something on this disc that I don't know has ever been achieved before: He's made electronic music absolutely approachable while retaining its distinct character.
The year's only half done, and this is, really, only half a disc (21 minutes' worth), but I don't think it's going to be topped this year.
What Bill Wells has done is conceptualize music that--although it's never been played before--sounds absolutely natural and even inevitable. Playing computer and sampler with bandmates Stefan Schneider (synthesizers, bass), and Anne Whitehead (trombone, melodica), plus Barbara Morgenstern on keyboards on two cuts, he crafts a unique soundscape, at once mysterious/playful/intimate and industrial/distant. Kinda like our modern world.
Serene, ethereal, plodding, glorious, mundane; this music gets under your skin.
Big time.
One interesting thing about this disc is that it sounds quite experimental. For example, most of the cuts just seem to quit, abruptly, in mid-statement. But somehow, given the vibe, it seems entirely appropos. Like, let's try this, see what happens, then high tail it outta there. Which they do. And, weirdly, which seems to work.
Like Picasso pencil drawings.
I'm waiting for the full canvases.
Given these sketches, they should be quite something.
But, even if they never materialize, I'm sticking with what we've, serendipitously, been give here.
My disc of the year.
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