Following a string of varied singles and double-records on Astralwerks, Australian artist Willaris. K continues to aim to push the aural boundaries of the electronic sphere. As premiered by Australian radio station, Triple J’s, Richard Kingsmill, “Detach” arrives today with an abstract visualiser from frequent collaborator Chris Kore. The track plays over a five-minute display of warped digitised bodies dancing beneath a blanket of white noise, a familiar backdrop from Kore’s previous Williaris. K productions.
The release opens with an atmospheric arc that progresses into synth-heavy thumping beats, reminiscent of his signature industrial sound. The flighty textures and tempos driving the composition add a level of energy to his latest slate of releases.
Last month, he collaborated with fellow Australian singer-songwriter Gordi on their track “Indifferent.” The track signalled Willaris’ first to feature vocals, resulting in a union of his piano chords under her lyricism. The track has an origins story, beginning at Willaris' home in New South Wales then later fine-tuned on Gordi’s farm in rural Australia. It was finally completed by Sigur Ros collaborator and film composer Alex Somers at Rick Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, inside Bob Dylan’s old tour bus.
His previous career as an electrical instrument technician led him to music as he worked across rural power plants in Australia, taking field recordings and turning them into ambient tracks - thus, Willaris. K was born. Since then he has showcased his versatility and range as a budding producer, from the cathartic ambient tones of ‘Past Light’ to the darker punchy percussions in ‘Natural Selection’.