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uitarists Brad Laner and Christopher Willits have come together to craft The Right Kind of Nothing as the North Valley Subconscious Orchestra. Traversing a series of guitar noise sculptures and heavily processed pop songs, the album amounts to an exploration of the capabilities of the computer-treated six-string, the crux of which is an emphasis on diversity and dynamics. The album’s wide-ranging sonic palette is a natural result of combining the signature guitar

sound that Laner developed as a member of dream-pop trio Medicine in the 1990s with Willits’ flair for both the delicate and the abrasive, which he has explored through accomplished solo work and collaborations with Kid606, Ryuichi Sakamoto and others. Balancing kraut-rock grooves (“Shimokitazawa Face”) with all-out squalls (“Moving Through Wood”, “Chardamom & Dad”), North Valley Subconscious Orchestra consistently pushes their experiments into the red to create a humbling and utterly absorbing debut.

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  • Metro Times
    Metro Times feature: Christopher Willits
    2006
  • Pitchfork
    Christopher Willits readies Surf Boundaries
    2006
  • XLR8R
    Review: The Right Kind Of Nothing
    2006
  • URB
    Review: The Right Kind Of Nothing
    2006
  • San Francisco Weekly
    Christopher Willits' Subtle Soundtracks
    2006
  • ???
    Review: The Right Kind Of Nothing
    2006
  • E/I
    E/I Feature: Christopher Willits
    2006
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