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A.A. Williamsannounces news of her much-anticipated second album, As The Moon Rests, released 7th October via Bella Union. Traditionally, your second album is the worry; where theres the weight of expectation,A.A. Williamscontends. But I must create music I like myself, and Ive had more time on this record; Ive felt more confidence and conviction.As The Moon Restsis both heavier and softer, theres more texture and weight, and a string ensemble. ItsForever Bluetimes ten!

Released in July 2020, Forever Blue was the London-based singer-songwriters album debut, a brilliantly dramatic, unique and intimate walk on the dark side that fused bold and smouldering hues of post-rock and post-classical. By turns, it was glacial and volcanic, blissful and violent, through moments of disarming quiet and explosive volume, equally appealing to alt-rock and metal camps.

The shifts between moments of high drama and quiet tension point to her kinship with Chelsea Wolfe and PJ Harvey, stated Uncut. Stirring and evocative The chances of a more heartrending and fully formed debut emerging this year are practically zero, reckoned Metal Hammer.

As Williams contends, As The Moon Rests amplifies the scale of her ambitions, crystalised by Evaporate, the first track released from the sessions. It comes with a video that embodies the thrilling tensions of Williams world, where emotions walk a fine line between control and chaos. Likewise, the impact of Williams deep-trawling voice and lyrics that ask all the right existential questions throughout As The Moon Rests: who am I? What can I change? What cant I change?

A.A. Williamsannounces news of her much-anticipated second album, As The Moon Rests, released 7th October via Bella Union. Traditionally, your second album is the worry; where theres the weight of expectation,A.A. Williamscontends. But I must create music I like myself, and Ive had more time on this record; Ive felt more confidence and conviction.As The Moon Restsis both heavier and softer, theres more texture and weight, and a string ensemble. ItsForever Bluetimes ten!

Released in July 2020, Forever Blue was the London-based singer-songwriters album debut, a brilliantly dramatic, unique and intimate walk on the dark side that fused bold and smouldering hues of post-rock and post-classical. By turns, it was glacial and volcanic, blissful and violent, through moments of disarming quiet and explosive volume, equally appealing to alt-rock and metal camps.

The shifts between moments of high drama and quiet tension point to her kinship with Chelsea Wolfe and PJ Harvey, stated Uncut. Stirring and evocative The chances of a more heartrending and fully formed debut emerging this year are practically zero, reckoned Metal Hammer.

As Williams contends, As The Moon Rests amplifies the scale of her ambitions, crystalised by Evaporate, the first track released from the sessions. It comes with a video that embodies the thrilling tensions of Williams world, where emotions walk a fine line between control and chaos. Likewise, the impact of Williams deep-trawling voice and lyrics that ask all the right existential questions throughout As The Moon Rests: who am I? What can I change? What cant I change?

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Rel. Date: 11/11/2022
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A.A. Williamsannounces news of her much-anticipated second album, As The Moon Rests, released 7th October via Bella Union. Traditionally, your second album is the worry; where theres the weight of expectation,A.A. Williamscontends. But I must create music I like myself, and Ive had more time on this record; Ive felt more confidence and conviction.As The Moon Restsis both heavier and softer, theres more texture and weight, and a string ensemble. ItsForever Bluetimes ten!

Released in July 2020, Forever Blue was the London-based singer-songwriters album debut, a brilliantly dramatic, unique and intimate walk on the dark side that fused bold and smouldering hues of post-rock and post-classical. By turns, it was glacial and volcanic, blissful and violent, through moments of disarming quiet and explosive volume, equally appealing to alt-rock and metal camps.

The shifts between moments of high drama and quiet tension point to her kinship with Chelsea Wolfe and PJ Harvey, stated Uncut. Stirring and evocative The chances of a more heartrending and fully formed debut emerging this year are practically zero, reckoned Metal Hammer.

As Williams contends, As The Moon Rests amplifies the scale of her ambitions, crystalised by Evaporate, the first track released from the sessions. It comes with a video that embodies the thrilling tensions of Williams world, where emotions walk a fine line between control and chaos. Likewise, the impact of Williams deep-trawling voice and lyrics that ask all the right existential questions throughout As The Moon Rests: who am I? What can I change? What cant I change?

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Forever Blue had already set in motion Williams quest for self-improvement, but the pandemic presented more challenges. As Forever Blue was about to be released, she started posting solo videos - cover versions suggested by her fans, such as Radioheads Creep, Nick Caves Into Your Arms and Deftones Be Quiet and Drive, alchemised to fit her own crepuscular sound and vision. Songs From Isolation, as she called it, was a positive experience to focus on through the overwhelming reports of bad news. And I could have a dialogue with my listeners.

Songs From Isolation subsequently turned into a nine-track album of covers, a definite and heartaching document of solitude and fortitude. Next came arco, a re-imagining of Williams debut (self-titled) EP for just voice and strings. Shed played the string parts (as well as guitar and piano) on Forever Blue, but here she wrote the arrangements for a ten-piece ensemble, transposing the rhythm and low end of a rock band into sumptuous and elegant orchestrations.

The string ensemble returns for As The Moon Rests, bolstering the albums cinematic dimensions and underlining the palpable drama of Williams quest to forge a more liberating path. The albums opening track Hollow Heart sets out the emotional terrain: Give me time and I will learn / that I am only human, she sings before the instruments begin their slow climb to boiling point. Williams voluminous guitar and keyboards are embellished by co-producer (and husband) Thomas Williams bass guitar, Geoff Holroydes drums and engineer / mixer Adrian Hall at his London studio Clever Pup (as opposed to the Williams two-bedroom flat for Forever Blue). We had better equipment, and more experience at hand, says Williams. When they were finished, As The Moon Rests clocked in at a mighty 62 minutes. I was expecting to take a few recordings away after wed finished, but the consensus was that everything was good, and worked as a collection.

The album takes its title from the closing track. For me, As The Moon Rests jumped out as evoking a change in direction in the lyrics, she explains. Its a love song, not necessarily romantic, but between two people with an unwavering bond. It seemed poignant and prominent enough to work as the title.

That unwavering bond could equally exist between two conflicting parts of the self. Most of Forever Blues text was quite insular, she recalls. I was trying to understand myself, trying to cure, or eradicate, parts of myself. But I realised that if you remove things; you might remove parts of your personality too. You just need to learn how to manage things, to be kinder to yourself. Its all a journey, a progression.

Williams would rather not specify any incidents, triggers or memories behind each individual song. Its all part of an overriding arc, she says. With hindsight, some songs I figure things out, others I disappear into a hole. For example, in Evaporate, Im trying to keep a lid on fizzy complicated thoughts, which just explode. Other times, Im more relaxed. Mostly, writing is more retrospective, not about the here and now. The lyrics are the place where I figure things out.

Now Williams and her live band - Thomas Williams, Wayne Proctor and multi-instrumentalist Matthew de Burgh Daly get to figure out a proper headline tour in support of an album, since lockdown meant that their first headline show on Londons South Bank in early 2020 became her last for well over a year, until a short headline tour in Autumn 2021 that at least gave them the chance to commune with fans and feel the white heat and spark of performance. In August of this year, theyre supporting Japanese post-rockers MONO, Williams collaborators for the 10 vinyl single Exit in Darkness; in September, to launch As the Moon Rests, comes their biggest headline show yet at Londons Queen Elizabeth Hall. Following that, Williams will undertake her first comprehensive headline tour: a 6-week trek across the UK and Europe, taking in 34 shows over 12 countries. Williams journey may have been held up by events, but in all other aspects, everything that culminates in As The Moon Rests is incontrovertible proof that it continues to build and thrive.

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