Christopher Willits, a Bay Area music techie, described the components of his atypical instrumental Plants and Hearts with doses of production-speak: “pure droning guitar piece”, “4hz pulses”, and “panning”. That’s a lot of studio-room rigmarole for a track so vacant. “Droning” is certainly on target, though. Nearly unrecognizable guitars wade through a muck of layered sound, shifting in pitch here and there to indicate a still beating pulse. Imagine a noise composition but stripped of the rickety liveliness. Plants and Hearts is just numbingly barren, a sonic purgatory where tone and rhythm have lost their currency. Willits worsens the inaccessibility of his song with its interminable length: 21 plus minutes. What was merely quite boring then becomes masturbatory. Throughout it all, Willits unwisely shirks pop gratification in favor of post-modern drivel that he mistakes for oblique beauty.
// Sound Affects
"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article