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Mother Of

by Reid Willis

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wolftetsudo I'm not entirely sure what words explain this album, but it takes me to places I've never been to before. This isn't something I'd listen to every day, but something I'd listen to once in a while, putting myself in this strange alien world and being fascinated with it. Favorite track: A Home In The Void.
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Fruitydudey Deeply immersive, sculptural music. The sounddesign and arrangements are so ridiculously good. Having associations with Amon Tobin. Album of the year it is. Favorite track: Crying Particles.
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Martin Bigger This is the kind of album you just take in, completely devoid of distractions, its a journey. With good headphones, not to be taken lightly, or eventually put on the background music. I hold it for special occasions of deep concentration.

This album masters the complexity but subtleness of Ochre, with the dark bliss dynamic aspects of the human condition of the most profound ambient music.
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Thwibble Faulkner How am I only just finding this out!?! Absolute perfection. I have fell deeply in love with this and 'The Longing Device'. ❤
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vroenis This was one of my Albums Of The Year in 2020. I only had 4. Absolutely brilliant. To be fair, it would have been The Longing Device, but then Reid Willis went & released this.
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about

A sonic depiction of creation, destruction, beauty and violence through a complex fusion of cinematic melodies and heavily sculpted rhythms

“Mother Of,” Reid Willis’s first album release on Mesh, is a powerfully dramatic body of work that demands attentive listening. The central theme of divine singularity is stitched into an otherworldly, textural landscape whose rises and falls mimic the artist’s lifelong battle with anxiety.

Each of the album’s 13 tracks are an exploration of the complex multiplicities that shape life, perception and art: Just as nature is the universal mother of both beauty and destruction, humankind becomes the paradoxical vessel for bliss and fear, comfort and chaos.

“I was drawn to the concept of the universe as an infinitely large womb, which can be either liberating or terrifying depending on how you react when faced with something vastly unknowable. As I age and grow, I’m learning how to face and control my own response to the unknown. Writing this album allowed me to dive even deeper into each idea and emotion with less fear.” - Reid Willis

A classically trained pianist, Willis writes with a deftness and sonic instinct that he has refined since he began hand-writing piano pieces at the age of 8. He holds a Master’s in music composition and is a graduate of the SAE Institute in Atlanta, where he studied sound engineering and music production.

“Mother Of” showcases a synthesis of cinematic soundscapes and intricately sculpted rhythms. “Finger To Pulse,” the first of three singles, is laced with a spiky adrenaline that propels rhythm and pace. “The Separator” renders a contortion of IDM and drum & bass against manipulated choir samples, ambience and elongated pads. On the other end of the spectrum, “The Ocean Won’t Allow” is a sonic kaleidoscope of twitchy percussion and layered melancholic piano chords. All three singles are distinctly-shaped windows into the shared soul and spirit of a very special creation.

Max Cooper on “Mother Of”:

"Reid first came to my attention in 2019 when I was trawling new music. Amongst thousands of pieces, there was this gleaming gem of artistry and expression, and even more surprising was to find that he was unsigned, following his own path in a place where few shared his interests. I think the music tells that story of defiance and the overwhelming need for self expression through whichever tools we feel connected.

This isn’t by-the-numbers music for the masses — it’s a powerful and obsessed over work of art, composed, played, produced and mastered all by Reid alone, delivering that focused human message with intensity. The level of artistry in the mixing and spatial form is spectacular as well. I highly recommend listening with a good stereo field and full frequency response.

Big thanks and congrats to Reid for this first, beautiful album, on Mesh. And I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have been over recent months."

The LP album “Mother Of” arrives on Mesh in November 2020.

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released November 19, 2020

Written, produced, mixed and mastered by Reid Willis
Artwork by Reid Willis
Dedicated to Mary and Rickie.
2020 Mesh

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