Following up two brilliant albums (2008's Carefree and
2011's Euphoria), Slumberland and Los Angeles' Devon
Williams are very proud to present Gilding The Lily.
Williams' shimmering pop combines his broad musical
tastes with exceptional song-writing and arranging skill,
and an unerring ear for melody - all of which are in
ample evidence on Gilding The Lily.!
Devon started recording Gilding The Lily with long-time
associate Jorge Elbrecht (Lansing-Dreiden, Violens,
Ariel Pink) immediately after completing Euphoria, and
over the intervening two years the songs steadily
evolved, mirroring changes in Williams' life that include
marriage and multiple intercontinental relocations.!
From album opener ''Deep In The Back of Your Mind''
through first single ''Flowers'' and the lushly romantic
''Will You Let Go Of My Heart?'' Williams has honed his
trademark blend of power-pop, orchestrated soft-rock
and layered, melodic jangle-pop to a perfect edge. The
elegant ''Games'' is a great example of what Devon does
best - complex emotions played against a driving pop
tune that recalls The Church at their melancholic best.!
The aforementioned single ''Flowers'' is a masterpiece of
orchestral texture, with rolling drums, chorused guitars
and swelling synths backing a tune that hearkens back
to the most delicate 60s soft-pop - while sounding
totally of-the-minute. ''Puzzle'' is pure power-pop
heaven, a great contrast to the dreamy ''Rabbit Hole''
and closer ''Gilding The Lily.''!
It's these contrasts that enliven Gilding The Lily and
the consummate skill with which Williams arranges and
executes his beautiful songs that mark him as a truly
unique talent who, with this album, has reached a new
peak of craft and creativity.
1. Deep In The Back Of Your Mind
3. All I Have To Do
6. Around In A Maze
8. Rabbit Hole
9. Will You Let Go Of My Heart?
10. Lost My Concentration
11. Gilding The Lily