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Television Landscape

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Vivid Culture
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Dunes of Vermillion
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Hey Child
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Sheena Easton
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Pegasus in Alcatraz
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Halcyon Days
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Wasteland
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Rio Rio
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Eyes of the Ocean
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Television Landscape
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The Color of Rain
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Jayson Greene

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Jayson Greene is Senior Editor at Wondering Sound and a contributing writer and columnist at Pitchfork. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, GQ,...more »

07.27.10
William Brittelle, Television Landscape
Label: New Amsterdam

What happens when a bunch of classical nerds get together and try to build an AOR-Rock Masterpiece? Television Landscape is the rather astonishing answer to what sounds like the setup to an obscure joke. William Brittelle is a young composer with an identity crisis; like many young composers his age, he didn't quite know where he "fit." After much angst and hand-wringing, Brittelle, a dropout from a graduate program for composition, decided to cast aside… read more »

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Like watching without the tube

bobzooks

Makes going into a studio worth it, for everyone

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All th P's: Pink Floyd, Prince and Prog!!

thedaffodilfish

I *love* this :) Never quite over the top but always just there. Brilliant compositions with top arrangements.

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Best Album cover of the year..

Cathead

Haven't listened yet, but judging book by the cover - I'm sold.

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Most interesting listen of 2010 (so far)

Macky

... and likely to stay that way. It's really cool how he juxtaposes these big orchestral arrangements with falsetto, a little autotune, some epic Frank Zappa-esque guitar solos (all pre-composed, as I understand), saxophones, and just overall bigness. For me this record arrives somewhere at the intersection of Gershwin, Prince, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa, Sufjan Stevens, and maybe some Burt Bacharach to give it that soft AOR vibe.

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un-ironic saxophone!!!

teengetaway

As glorious as a pop record gets nowadays. All hips, ass, and brains. (the rack is decent, too)

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It is what it is

gtra1n

A glorious pop masterpiece by a musician who knows what he loves.

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hmm

whitehorses

beautiful songs but 25% over produced for my liking. would LOVE an acoustic version please

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William Brittelle's Television Landscape

By Jayson Greene, Senior Editor

What happens when a bunch of classical nerds get together and try to build an AOR-Rock Masterpiece? It sounds like the setup to a rather obscure joke, and the scenario might sound deeply unpromising. But this is exactly what composer William Brittelle set out to do. His new record, Television Landscape, out on New Amsterdam Records, is the result of an overwhelmingly cerebral attempt to make visceral, anthemic power rock music as Brittelle knows and… more »

They Say All Music Guide

One might be tempted to call William Brittelle’s Television Landscape art rock, if the term hadn’t been tainted so many times in the past by artists whose pretension walked hand in hand with their ambition. Certainly, the New York City composer/multi-instrumentalist’s second album is appropriately expansive, operating on a grand scale that easily accommodates both sophisticated, classically minded compositional structures and visceral rock & roll impact. Brittelle has plenty of experience in both camps, having worked as an acclaimed composer of modern classical works and fronted the almost-famous New York post-punk band the Blondes. On Television Landscape, Brittelle shows himself as something of a maximalist, deeming all of his disparate influences fair game and incorporating them at will, sometimes within the same song.
Consequently, there’s a little bit of everything here; “Pegasus in Alcatraz” moves from pastoral, rather romantic orchestrations to a shredding, Eddie Van Halen-worthy guitar solo complete with hammer-ons. The title track blends pointillistic brass punctuation with piercing, Frank Zappa-like guitar work, while “Dunes of Vermillion” lays contemporary-sounding touches like artfully applied Auto-Tune atop moments that seem like they could have come from a mid-‘70s Genesis album. Before he’s through, Brittelle traverses electronica, prog rock, neo-classical, avant-garde, alt rock, and more on Television Landscape. But anyone can — and often does, these days — make a record stacked high with eclectic influences; the real master stroke here is the way Brittelle makes all these elements flow together as though they’d always been part of the same musical universe, and he achieves a surprising degree of easiness on the ear with this deceptively dense, conceptually complex piece of work. – James Allen

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