Wil Bolton – Night Paths
Wil Bolton displays a wide array of lovely colors on the serenity of “Night Paths”. A contemplative air lightly graces the entirety of the album. Songs effortlessly drift into each other making the entire album feel akin to a joyous symphony. Melodies linger in the mind long after they are over. Throughout the album, Wil Bolton utilizes great skill as he blends together ambient, post-rock, classical, and a hint of folk into the proceedings. Such a great deal of attention allows for every single moment to glide by ever so softly.
“Yesterday’s Clouds” opens with a pristine crystal clarity. Guitar work possess the utmost of care. Small effects add to the blissful radiant hues. Layer upon layer interact with such care as the song builds up into something magnificent. Much murkier with its temperament “A Garden, Lost” goes down the rabbit hole as the song resides more heavily in deeper bass registers. Elements of a long -lost spaghetti western permeate “Night Paths” the title track. Miniature glitches add to the lovely style for it unfolds with such delicacy. By far the highlight of the album rests with the languid tempo of “Glint”. Delving into almost a shoegaze-like lullaby the song takes its time in transforming into something so simply spellbinding. Continuing down this illustrious path “One Summer” feels downright lush as it ebbs and flows with such life. Effortlessly merging all that came before it “Single Coil” closes the album on a high note.
On “Night Paths” Wil Bolton opts for a mystical, gorgeous pastoral quality.