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Songs and Photographs

by Anthony Wilson

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    In the new album and photobook "Songs and Photographs" — made in creative collaboration with artbook publisher Little Steidl — Anthony Wilson brings together a collection of his songs and 35mm photographs that opens a new chapter in his broadening quest for personal and musical authenticity.

    This edition includes a 180g vinyl LP, and 48-page photobook signed by the artist, packaged together in a sleeve. All albums come with an immediate digital download in the format of your choice.

    "Most mornings I wake up and go out wandering with my camera, sometimes in my hometown of Los Angeles, often in places around the world where I am traveling on tour. I look, watch, and take in the space around me, totally absorbed in noticing things.

    My path determines itself, each picture leads me to the next. I'm wandering through the landscape, and also through my own personal experience. The smallest things stop me in my tracks and compel me to point the camera and snap the shutter.

    I sense that a fleeting intimacy of the everyday has opened up to me, and I feel lucky to be present to witness it. The world is alive to me as a place of wonder, improbability, and visual fascination.

    I take pictures, recording my perceptions and observations onto the film and through this action they become communicable to a viewer.

    This way of reporting has seeped naturally into my songwriting. In my notebook, I write down thoughts or verses that come to mind, chronicling what I observe and experience. Lines from one place and time find their partners in lines from another place and time. Melodies appear, rhymes and meters coalesce, harmonies resolve themselves.

    In "Songs and Photographs" the visual and musical paths of my process converge into a single work in which the songs and the photographs speak back and forth to each other.

    Making pictures has shown me this: anything I see, experience, or feel has the right to be in a song. And putting those actual things — the tiniest moments — into my songs, has paved a way toward expressing the personal and the intimate in a fullness I had not quite realized before."

    — Anthony Wilson

    Includes unlimited streaming of Songs and Photographs via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 6 Anthony Wilson releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of The Plan of Paris, Songs and Photographs, Frogtown, Seasons (Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Campo Belo, and Nova. , and , .

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While we slept Through the long night As the rain fell On the skylight I dreamed I saw you Standing on a hill In the sunlight And in your hand you held a flower Then you rose above the trees To fly Tell me how I was brought here Was it by some magic I got here Where clouds dissolve Like sugar in the sky And there’s no fear And in this place where I have landed Can I take a look around And stay?
In Canton 04:54
Over the Sea 03:11


released December 7, 2018

Anthony Wilson: guitars, vocals, marimba on "In Canton"
Gerald Clayton: piano, marimba on "The Palmist's Hand"
Joshua Crumbly: bass
Patrick Warren: keyboards, samples, organ, pump organ, Dulcitone
Jay Bellerose: percussion

All songs by Anthony Wilson
except "Great Dream from Heaven" — traditional
"While We Slept" and "Song from a Dream" were commissioned in 2014 by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the concert series "New Jazz Standards."

Produced by Joe Harley and Anthony Wilson
Recorded February 25-27, 2018 at Sphere Studios, Los Angeles
Mixed at Studio 835, Los Angeles
Engineered and mixed by Michael C. Ross
Assistant engineers: Wesley Seidman and Alejandro Baima
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, Los Angeles
Digital preparation by Dan Hersch, D2 Mastering, Los Angeles

(The digital version of "Songs and Photographs" comes with a PDF booklet including front and back album covers plus all song lyrics.)

Book, digital booklet, and all packaging design and printing: Nina Holland/Little Steidl, Göttingen, Germany

©2018 Goat Hill Recordings / Little Steidl — All Rights Reserved


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Anthony Wilson Los Angeles, California

Born in Los Angeles in 1968, guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson is known for a body of work that moves fluidly across genres.

The son of legendary jazz trumpeter and bandleader Gerald Wilson, his musical lineage has deeply influenced his creative trajectory, compositional choices, instrumental groupings, and the wide-ranging twelve album discography that blooms out of them.
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