Will Pinfold


Salutations! I am Will/William (no preference)I have liked music and writing more than nearly everything else for as long as I can remember and eventually combined the two, though later than I should have, probably.I have been a Staff Writer for Zero Tolerance magazine for ages and have been/am a reviewer in various other places, including my website which I don’t update as often as I mean to.I got involved with Echoes & Dust because I like reading it, so thought I’d see if they would like me writing for it. I also like semi-colons because they allow me to extend sentences indefinitely; I know it’s annoying.A list of key people and things I like, in chronological order of my discovery of them is probably available on request (I am that kind of person) but it’s always ongoing; in retrospect every era is a ‘golden age’ of something and now is presumably no different. We will find out which golden age it was later. I was really sad when Bowie died.I studied art history, but spend more time accumulating records, books and comics than I do in galleries these days. I would like to accumulate guitars and paintings and so forth as well, but I’d have to be a bit wealthier to do that. I like to hear anything experimental, avant-garde, intelligent and non-generic but have to admit I also have a weakness for actually-very-generic-indeed black metal, bog-standard 70s funk and anything involving Morrissey. There are many kinds of music whose appeal I just don’t get, but I am willing to be convinced, except with house music.I occasionally go to gigs and such, but to be honest I’ve become a little bit sceptical about the virtues of live music of late; blasphemy I’m sure. My prized possessions include a signed Daniel Johnston 7” and a Japanese Zen-on Tradition electric guitar from 1965 and although apparently shy and retiring/haughty and snooty I am mostly a friendly sort of fellow, so feel free to say hello!

Articles by Will Pinfold

Oliver Coates – Upstepping

With his new mini-album Upstepping, cellist Oliver Coates consolidates his position as an innovative experimentalist and sound artist with a collection of tunes that use the instrument for both melody, percussion and sheer noise. Ultimately though, it’s his incisive compositional skill that makes this album of mostly dance-oriented tracks so satisfying. By Will Pinfold

Cate Le Bon – Crab Day

Cate Le Bon’s Crab Day is a strange haunted doll’s house of an album; tackling her elusive subjects with a disarmingly childlike apparent directness, the album feels both alien and familiar, intimate and yet distant. While a little uneven, its moments of emotional significance outweigh the more twee elements and even at its least essential it reiterates just what an expressive singer Cate Le Bon has become. By Will Pinfold

Christopher Bell – Rust

Cellist Christopher Bell’s Rust is an album of rough, richly atmospheric songs with a vibrant, archaic feel. More of a showcase for his songwriting skills than a virtuoso display of experimental cello techniques, it’s a collection of songs with an organic, bluesy charm; but its reference points are sometimes a bit too obvious. By Will Pinfold

La Tène – Vouerca/Fahy

Vourca/Fahy is an extraordinary work of folk archaeology; less a collection of traditional tunes than a recreation of ancient ritual music, using both archaic instrumentation and modern technology. It’s not pretty, or even necessarily likeable, but French-Swiss trio La Tène have made a work of undeniable power and baleful majesty. By Will Pinfold

Richard J. Birkin – Vigils

On Richard J. Birkin’s new album, Vigils, the composer and multi-instrumentalist reveals himself once again as a writer of music which balances beautiful surface lightness with real emotional depth. A haunting, haunted record, its atmosphere of mysterious familiarity is at once comforting and lonely. It’s really nice. By Will Pinfold

Egor Grushin – Dominicano

Egor Grushin’s Dominicano is a breath of fresh air; the Ukrainian composer/pianist’s debut album is a collection of charming, elegant and moving classical pieces for piano and strings with a direct and timeless appeal which transcends fashion and avoids sentimentality. Wonderfully wordless, it is the perfect antidote to so much of the text/context/subtext-laden music of the twenty-first century. By Will Pinfold

Dperd – V

Sadness and loss are universal after all, and V takes those feelings and transforms them into very nice tunes. Probably not indispensible, but a very accomplished piece of work and probably their best to date. By Will Pinfold

Kib Elektra – Blemishes EP

The perfect marriage of everything-including-the-kitchen-sink glitch-laden sonic experimentation and beautifully crafted songwriting, Blemishes, the debut EP by Kib Elektra is a treat for those with an ear for detail and will make you wish you had better headphones. An incredibly accomplished piece of work; indomitable, fragile and beautiful. By Will Pinfold

Sound of Ceres – Nostalgia For Infinity

An unearthly and at times genuinely beautiful synth/shoegaze album with charmingly wistful baroque pop tendencies. Made by Candy Claws members but, ironically far sweeter sounding than that band and perhaps recommended most highly to listeners with a tolerance for the dreamiest of dreampop. By Will Pinfold

Meeting By Chance – Inside Out

Like the soundtrack to a recurring dream; it’s beautiful, familiar and slightly sad, an album to bask in and one that is most highly recommended to those who like Skalpel at their most subdued. By Will Pinfold

Jozef van Wissem – When Shall This Bright Day Begin

Overall, When Shall This Bright Day Begin is a beautiful and unusual album, but it’s also somehow familiar. – By Will Pinfold

Causings – 4-Hour Body

Quiet experimental noise is perhaps the hardest of all music to define (let alone to market) and seems to attract accusations of pretentiousness far more than its harsh cousin, but one of the strengths of Causings is that they make no claims whatsoever for their work; “They build portraits and landscapes from odds and ends in the home and garden”. That much is undeniable, all else is speculation and interpretation. By Will Pinfold

Sex Cells – Sex Cells

A trio of great, simple, gut-level pop songs, and like all great pop artists they know exactly when to end them; they are short, sweet ‘n’ sour and leave you wanting more. By Will Pinfold

Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto – Leaves of Grass

The Iggy Pop persona; wild but articulate, sensitive but tough, turns out to be the perfect vehicle for delivering Whitman’s vivid, sensual free verse. An unexpected triumph and, like so many of Iggy’s best records, utterly life-affirming. By Will Pinfold

Crumbling Ghost – Five Songs

Great tunes, superb performances and eerie frissons aplenty; seems like the break did them good. By Will Pinfold

Lisa Busby – Fingers In The Gloss

How you respond to the phrase ‘sound artist’ may tell you whether this album is for you or not, but listen anyway; it may not be clear what, if anything, Lisa Busby is trying to communicate with Fingers In The Gloss, but it may well keep you coming back to scrutinize its depths. By Will Pinfold

Vivienne The Witch – Shadowbox

Good, vibrant and definitely fun; not life-changing, but Vivienne The Witch probably don’t expect it to be. By Will Pinfold

Mats Gustafsson – Piano Mating

It would be perverse to say that Piano Mating is good or bad; the key to the album is that it has the power to reflect the listener’s mood; it can be intense, powerful, oppressive or a boring endurance test. While it’s playing it simply is, in a way that’s probably best appreciated by fans of extreme, non-dramatic noise. By Will Pinfold

Richie Hawtin – From My Mind To Yours

This album feels something like a return to form, rather than a startling new phase; which is perhaps just another way of saying ‘one for the fans’. No bad thing though, not a completely unqualified triumph perhaps, but things are back where they should be; when the Richie Hawtin album you most want to hear is his next one. By Will Pinfold

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