Tiger Flower Circle Sun

by Christopher Willits

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On Tiger Flower Circle Sun, Christopher Willits takes his attention to craft further than ever before, using the language of ambient, dream-pop, experimental electronic, and afro-latin music to explore themes of love, connectivity, and universal vibrations. With Tiger Flower Circle Sun, Willits has created a diverse, effortlessly complex album of sublime beauty.

The record opens with the foamy swell of “Portal”, which spills into “Sun Body”, a classically skewed Willits pop song, all oddly shaped structures, melodic slices of sound, and serenely harmonized vocals laid over a pleasingly heavy trap-kit groove. From there, Tiger Flower Circle Sun expands in a million directions at once: the reverb’d chant of “Green Faces”, the Steve Reich-if-he-were-a-guitarist patterns of “The Hands Connect to the Heart”, the evocative psych-folk of “Light into Branches”, the late-night astral guitar come-down of ambient closer “Flowers into Stardust”. Willits believes in the oneness of all things, and thematic connections crop up throughout Tiger Flower Circle Sun, from the song titles (“The Hands Connect to the Heart” / “The Heart Connects to the Head”, “Light into Branches” / “Branches into Flowers”) to the album’s recurring sonic motifs of sliced-up guitars, percussive clicks, and cavernous vocal harmonies.

“Everything is everything,” says Willits, of the philosophy behind Tiger Flower Circle Sun. “It is all connected-the sun, the plants, the animals, our thoughts, our imaginations. We are light and sound. All is vibrating.” Indeed, the record’s diverse forms, techniques, genres, and ideas combine into a cohesive and connected whole. Yet within this larger form, the album’s earthly details make it truly beautiful: the purr of a clean-toned electric guitar; a fleeting, evocative melody; the human voice. The sum of its parts may be grand, but the album’s humble individual elements allow it to transcend.

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released July 27, 2010

CHRISTOPHER WILLITS - Tiger Flower Circle Sun

01. Portal
Guitar + computer processing - Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

02. Sun Body
Guitar + computer processing, guitars, baritone guitar - Christopher Willits
Voice - Christopher Willits, Elissa Pociask
Percussion - Jeff Pierre
Drums - Gabriel Coan
Recorded by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Words by Christopher Willits

03. Sunlight is You
Guitars + computer processing - Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

04. Green Faces
Guitar + computer processing, guitars, baritone guitar, synths - Christopher Willits
Voice - Christopher Willits, Elissa Pociask, Leia Layus
French Horn - Alison Sawyer
Recorded by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Words by Christopher Willits

05. Uplifting the Streets
Guitar + computer processing, guitars - Christopher Willits
Percussion - Christopher Willits, Reiko Hasegawa, Quincy Kowolik
Additional guitars - Brad Laner
Recorded by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

06. Plant Body
Guitar + computer processing, guitars, synths - Christopher Willits
Percussion - Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

07. New Life
Guitar + computer processing, guitars, baritone guitar - Christopher Willits
Percussion - Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

08. The Hands Connect to the Heart
Guitar + computer processing, guitars, baritone guitar - Christopher Willits
Percussion - Jeff Pierre, Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

09. The Heart Connects to the Head
Guitar + computer processing - Christopher Willits
Percussion - Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

10. Intend-Evolve
Guitar + computer processing - Christopher Willits
Voice - Christopher Willits, Elissa Pociask, Leia Layus
Recorded by Christopher Willits
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Words by Christopher Willits

11. You Are Always Surrounded by Stars
Guitar + computer processing, guitars, baritone guitar, synth - Christopher Willits
Percussion - Jeff Pierre
Recorded by Christopher Willits
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

12. Subconscious Transmission
Guitar + computer processing - Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits
Mixed by Christopher Willits

13. Light into Branches
Guitars, synth, baritone guitar - Christopher Willits
Voice - Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman
Synth line inspired by Tyler Crosser

14. Branches into Flowers
Guitar + computer processing, synth - Christopher Willits
Recorded by Christopher Willits
mixed by Christopher Willits

15. Flowers into Stardust
Guitar + computer processing - Christopher Willits
recorded by Christopher Willits
mixed by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman

All tracks mastered by Huntley Miller

Thanks to the plants, the sun, Overlap, Ghostly and EVERYTHING.

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Christopher Willits San Francisco

A musician, artist, teacher based in SF who believes that music and art can catalyze inner change. Multiple solo albums + collaborations w/ the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tycho, on Ghostly, have created a diverse catalog with over 25 releases. Founder of the creative collective Overlap (overlap.org), and Envelop a 3D immersive audio platform making spatial audio accessible to artists (envelop.us). ... more

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