Whether re-inventing the showtune or expanding the subtleties of a single note, David E. Williams remains one of the catchiest visionaries of classic international songcraft.
His NINTH solo album nestles fingersnapping earworms into varied pigeonholes of postpunk, darkwave, orchestrated melodrama and even anomalous heavy industrial electronics (in curious reunions with Deathpiles’s Jonathan Canady).
Existential terror and body horror unfashionably dominate the lyrics, whether the characters are dying in plane crashes, changing lightbulbs (the title track) or finding human body parts in their birdbaths. His incomparable rhymes dominate (“he had a pickle for a nose / and wore lettuce for clothes”) but many of the lyrics are in the free verse style of beatniks, zen koens or psalms of the Old Testament. While remaining eminently singable!
Guest vocals from the incomparable Lloyd James (Naevus, Crisis), Andrew King and Jane Elizabeth. Radioactive disco guitar stylings from Erin Martz. Mastered by James Plotkin. Digipack design by Thomas Nola. Digipack includes original art by Gustavo Roberto Mateo, Alison Lee Chapman and a collage by Mr. Williams himself.
Composed, Performed and Recorded by David E. Williams
at home in Fishtown, Philadelphia, USA
in six seasons
Winter 2021 through Spring 2022 (“Girl, Go Forth!” recorded in 2015)
Lloyd James – Lead Vocal on “Body Parts in Birdbaths”
Andrew King – Lead Vocal on “This is my play’s last scene”
Erin Martz –Electric Guitar on “Plane Crash People”, “Gangrenous Nebula”, “The Man Who Invented Ketchup” and “Testosterone as Poison?” Source Guitar sampled and processed on “Throat Wound”
Jonathan Canady – Synthesizer on “Testosterone as Poison?” “Throat Wound” and ““This is my play’s last scene”
Jerome Deppe – Source Guitar sampled and processed on “This is my play’s last scene”
Jane Elizabeth – Backing Vocal on “The Man Who Invented Ketchup.” Field Recording on “Throat Wound”
David Talento – MIDI Software Guidance
Jonathan Canady recorded himself in Portland, Oregon. Lloyd James and Andrew King recorded themselves in London UK.
Mastered by James Plotkin.
Digipack and booklet design by Thomas Nola.
“Sketch XXXI XII MMXXI -La Cepa Mitrozón Paseando por la Playa ”
watercolor by Gustavo Roberto Mateo, 2021.